In light of the Jewish holidays, this week’s Local Beat focuses on a specific sub-genre of NJ’s niche publications — local Jewish news media
The Chosen People have chosen New Jersey in droves. The state has the second highest percentage of Jews in the nation, the fourth largest number by population. And all those Jews need news that fits their needs. In Ocean County, the Lakewood Scoop covers the whole town but reflects the large Orthodox Jewish community there.The site even has a tab called “Simchas” where small bits of “joy” or “gladness” are shared.
In North Jersey, The Jewish Standard has been published since 1931 but is now online and is part of a family of Jewish publications.
Then there’s New Jersey Jewish News, which covers news statewide news as well as local community news for Princeton/Mercer/Bucks, Monmouth County, Middlesex County and the Greater Metro-West region in North Jersey. NJJN posted a great little story this week about a prayer app for Jewish communities. “Wanna Pray” was designed by Josh Weiss who worships at an Orthodox synagogue in Linden and runs a tech company out of Woodbridge.
In other local news this week:
MyVeronaNJ.com published a letter from the parents of a young woman who died suddenly and mysteriously; News of Salem County posted a touching tribute to a wrestling star who also died young, a Ponzi scheme came crashing down in Livingston; Newark Pulse reported that Joe’s Crab Shack opened in Newark to long lines; community policing returned to Montclair; and the Elvis Run, celebrating the life of a fallen firefighter, returned to the Caldwells:
Bill Bowman has gotten off to a running start with his new local site, The Franklin Reporter & Advocate. He took a statewide report from Legal Services of New Jersey and pulled out the local numbers to show that about 22 percent of children in Franklin Township, Somerset County are living in poverty.
Two years after a local resident cleared trash-strewn tracks that had been abandoned for decades, Rutherford and East Rutherford nature lovers find themselves in a battle with a rail company over access to their beloved homegrown “highline.”
Local media also did a commendable job with September 11th anniversary coverage. Middletown Patch led with two stories — Middletown lost 37 residents on the day of the attacks. And Red Bank Green posted a haunting slide show, flashing the names of locals who perished against a black background. And Baristanet published a menu of stories, from personal remembrances to a list of local memorial events.
Georgette Gilmore titled her Baristanet story, “I remember.”
So do we.
Our full roundup:
People of the app: A Jewish community on your smartphone? NJ Jewish News
Former Jets Coach, Westhoff, Previews 2013-14 NFL Season TheAlternativePress East Brunswick
Livingston Man Pleads Guilty In Ponzi Scheme TheAlternativePress Livingston
Montclair Brings Back Community Policing Montclair Patch
Joe’s Crab Shack Opens to Line NewarkPulse.com
Caldwell Resident, Newark Firefighter, Michael J. Delane Commemorated with 20th Anniversary Elvis Run TheAlternativePress West Essex
Hunger Awareness Month is Here TheAlternativePress West Orange
Westfield Mayor Proclaims Sept. Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and More From Town Council Meeting TheAlternativePress Westfield
Emma Colette Wozny, VHS Graduate MyVeronaNJ.com*
In Remembrance of Dustin: A life taken too young News of Salem County
Report: About 22 percent of township children live in poverty Franklin Reporter & Advocate
Bloomfield picks three superintendent finalists Bloomfield Life
East Rutherford and Rutherford communities dismayed after Norfolk Southern blocks off Rutherford highline South Bergenite
Interview with Essex County Freeholder Rolando Bobadilla Newark Now
Middletown Renews Promise Never to Forget Victims of 9/11 Middletown Patch
Remembering 9/11 Baristanet
In Memory Red Bank Green*
*Stories with asterisks are available for reposting through the NJ News Commons Story Exchange.
Andrew Guadagnino, NJ News Commons intern and MSU Communication & Media Arts major, contributed to this story.