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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. 

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.

And Westfield TAP posts that the town council is considering a $38 million budget that will include money for road repairs (a good thing after this pothole-inducing winter).

New Jersey has its own home-grown pot reporter. Chris Goldstein parlayed his independent blog Freedom Is Green into a regular gig for Philly.com. Check it out here.

Independent publishers take note: Getty Images has just made 35 million images available for free for non-commercial uses. Read about it here.

Our full roundup:

Princeton Police Confirm Spring Street Garage Death Was a Suicide Planet Princeton
Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo Proposes 1.5% Tax Hike in 2014 Essex County BudgetThe Alternative Press West Orange

Mayor Robert Parisi and Township Administration Present Township Budget with 0% Increase The Alternative Press West Orange
Borough Introduces 4% Tax Hike For 2014 Midland Park Press
Free Stock Photo? Check Getty NJ News Commons*
Meet Chris Goldstein’s, NJ’s Own Pot Reporter NJ News Commons*

Direct One-Seat Service to NYC Begins on Raritan Valley Line Cranford Radio
Police Detective tops Paterson’s overtime list with $132,000 in extra pay Paterson Press
Paterson’s overtime tab falls to $5.8 Million Paterson Press
Paterson Mayor Jones reveals his $17,000 vacation day payment; says he will give it back Paterson Press
Suspended Paterson law director accuses city of violating whistle-blower law by punishing him Paterson Press
Toms River to Open All Its Beaches in 2014 Toms River Patch
Trial Starts For Man Accused of Killing Daughter, 2, Leaving Her for Shark River Park Manasquan Patch
Boy, 6, Turns School Project Into Aid for Long Valley Families Long Valley Patch
Westfield DPW Overtime Costs Spike as Crews Plow Snow and Fix Potholes TAP Westfield
At Westfield Board of Ed Meeting, National Merit Finalists Recognized, Budget Presented TAP Westfield
Westfield Town Council Discusses Proposed $38 Million Budget TAP Westfield

Two Weeks After Unsolved Murder Near Campus, Rutgers Still Has Not Informed Their 65,000 Students New Brunswick Today

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

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