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In the Trenches with Local Elections

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

Elections for mayors in five major New Jersey cities this past week brought out some of the best in local media.

Insider angles on the Newark mayoral race were provided by WBGO News, including a broadcast of the testy final debate between Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries, and Brick City Live, which provided a live feed of media coverage on election day and a roundup of responses to Ras Baraka’s victoryGlocally Newark provided a breakout of results across all city races and wards.

The Paterson PressThe Paterson Times, and Reporte Hispano provided 360-degree coverage of the mayor and council races in Paterson, where a former mayor defeated a current mayor — with Reporte Hispano providing coverage for Spanish-speaking voters.

In crime reporting, Cliffview Pilot had the curious story of how falling metal display items were mistaken for gunfire at the Garden State Plaza mall, causing chaos. In Livingston, TAP has the story of a local man who was arrested and charged with running a real estate investment fraud scheme. And Cynthia Cumming of West Orange TAP has the remarkable story of a teacher who has been exonerated of charges of sexual assault against a student.

In economic development, Hoboken residents are excited over the prospect of a local bowling alley, according to Hoboken411. And the Hoboken Boutique Crawl should boost sales for local business this Saturday, May 17. Find out more about it on Hoboken Girl.

In arts and culture, State of the Arts NJ produced a story, “New Brunswick: Our Town,” on a series of community-wide events relating to a production of Thornton Wilder’s play Our Town at George Street Playhouse. The video will begin airing on NJTV on May 18. Watch it here now.

In other local news, the spring edition of Edible Jersey is out. Find out delicious ways to prepare New Jersey’s unofficial state flower — the dandelion. Read it here.

Our full roundup:

Ras Baraka, mayor-elect: Brick City Live’s news roundup Brick City Live
The Final Debate of the 2014 Race for Mayor Cablevision/WBGO News
Newark City Council Elections WBGO News
South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka Victorious in Race for Mayor of Newark WBGO News
Congrats to Ras Baraka Newark’s next Mayor, Breakout of the Election Glocally Newark*
In victory speech, Torres highlights redevelopment plan for blighted Paterson propertiesPaterson Press
Davila, Mendez, and Morris win council at-large seats Paterson Times
Varios latinos tras la alcaldía de Paterson Reporte Hispano
New Brunswick: Our Town State of the Arts NJ
Vo-Tech Meeting to Kill Program Tonight The News of Salem County
Falling displays mistaken for gunfire, several injured in chaos at Garden State Plaza Cliffview Pilot*
Grown Wild: A Lion of Spring Edible Jersey
How Superstorm Sandy Created a New Breed of NJ Online Citizen Journalists on Facebook NJ Tech Weekly*
Line Of Duty Deaths, 2013 Manasquan Patch

Livingston Man Charged in Real Estate Investment Fraud Scheme Livingston TAP
Livingston Receives $150K Grant to Partially Fund a Fully-Adaptive Recreation Area at Monmouth Court Playground Livingston TAP
How cool would a Hoboken Bowling alley be? Hoboken411
Exonerated Teacher Christopher Yonitch to Return to West Orange School District in SeptemberWest Orange TAP

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