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Local Beat: Last-Minute Resolutions Almost Cost Taxpayers Over $40k

Wednesday Feb 10, 2016  |  0 comments

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

LAST-MINUTE RESOLUTIONS ALMOST COST TAXPAYERS OVER $40K
An apparent power play at the Mayor & Council meeting Thursday night almost cost Roselle Park taxpayers an extra $40,000. Saul Qersdyn of Roselle Park News says it all started when Councilwoman-At-Large Charlene Storey suggested an additional resolution that included a $25,000 pay raise for the borough clerk.

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Local Beat: Who Needs a Shovel? Paramus Family Melts the Snowfall Away

Thursday Jan 28, 2016  |  0 comments

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

WHO NEEDS A SHOVEL? PARAMUS FAMILY MELTS SNOWFALL AWAY
Anyone who has ever had to shovel out two cars and a driveway after a big snowstorm knows there’s a point when you’d do just about anything to trade in your snow shovel for a flamethrower – everyone except for Parikh family, that is. Matt Speiser of the Daily Voice says Asit Parikh and his father Raj spent three years rebuilding their Paramus home from the ground up to be eco-friendly and entirely self-sufficient. Their eco-modded home includes a solar-powered system that pumps heated water underneath the driveway to melt away the snow, without even touching a snow shovel.

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Local Beat: Manasquan Reservoir Stays Active During Warmest Winter on Record

Thursday Jan 21, 2016  |  0 comments

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

MANASQUAN RESERVOIR STAYS ACTIVE DURING WARMEST WINTER ON RECORD
Record-breaking warmth throughout the northeast this season has caused confusion for local flora, fauna, and humans in Howell, NJ. Caitlin Brown of The Howell Times says the unusually warm weather has prevented the 770-acre Manasquan Reservoir from freezing over.

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Local Beat: Despite Deferred Action, ICE Snatches New Brunswick Resident from His Home

Thursday Jan 14, 2016  |  0 comments

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

DESPITE DEFERRED ACTION, ICE SNATCHES NEW BRUNSWICK RESIDENT FROM HIS HOME
German Nieto was taken into custody by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents last Tuesday after they broke down his door and charged into his home. Charlie Kratovil of New Brunswick Today says Nieto had recently been granted “deferred action” by the government, and the authorities were actually looking for someone else when they arrived, but they ultimately decided to take Nieto to jail anyway at the end of the botched 6am raid.

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Local Beat: Grand Jury Subpoenas Morristown Housing Records

Thursday Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments

GRAND JURY SUBPOENAS MORRISTOWN HOUSING RECORDS
A federal grand jury has subpoenaed a range of documents from the Morristown Housing Authority as part of what looks to be an expanding probe of the embattled agency. Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green says the HUD is investigating concerns centered around federal Section 8 housing subsidies. Specifically, whether people have bypassed a list to obtain rental assistance that has been closed since 2003.

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Local Beat: Historic Preservation Powers Urban Vibrancy

Thursday Dec 17, 2015  |  0 comments

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

HISTORIC PRESERVATION POWERS URBAN VIBRANCY
More than 200 people from 40 cities gathered in Newark last Tuesday to attend “Legacy City Preservation: A National Conversation.” Alice van Straalen of CivicStory says the event marked the release of a new Action Agenda for Historic Preservation in Legacy Cities, and included reports from young urban leaders who have advanced community-based urban revitalization efforts in their own cities.

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Local Beat: The Real Life Effects of Job Sprawl

Thursday Dec 03, 2015  |  0 comments

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

THE REAL LIFE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF JOB SPRAWL
The movement of employment from historical city and population centers outward into low density suburbia – known as job sprawl – has been a factor in the development in America since the 1950s. The negative effects of job sprawl are painfully apparent at the Amazon fulfillment center mega-warehouse in Robinsville, where thousands of employees coming and going during rush hour creates massive traffic jams, among other issues. South Jerseyist says the solution is that this warehouse should never have been built in Robinsville in the first place.

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Local Beat: Yes, There is a Cell Phone Lot at EWR… Somewhere

Wednesday Nov 18, 2015  |  0 comments

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

YES, THERE IS A CELL PHONE LOT AT EWR… SOMEWHERE
Elizabeth Fuerst of EWR Zone has discovered a little-known cell phone lot at Newark Liberty International Airport. Obscured by a combination of poor signage and a lack of publicity, this hidden treasure exists as a place where drivers can park while they wait for arriving guests to call for a pick up from their gate. Finally, an alternative to driving endless laps around the dreaded “EWR 500.”

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Local Beat: Morris County Clerk Suspects Sample Ballots Were Lost in Mail

Thursday Nov 05, 2015  |  0 comments

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

MORRIS COUNTY CLERK SUSPECTS SAMPLE BALLOTS WERE LOST IN MAIL
In an unofficial email to prominent county Republicans, Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi stated that the sample ballots were delivered to the Post Office, as required by law. But Frank Cahill of Parsippany Focus says Grossi sent additional emails expressing concern that some of the ballots may not have been delivered.

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Local Beat: Confusion, Anger While Still Rebuilding After Sandy

Thursday Oct 29, 2015  |  0 comments

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

CONFUSION, ANGER WHILE STILL REBUILDING AFTER SANDY
Today marks three years since Hurricane Sandy sent houses careening into the Jersey shore and caused billions of dollars in damage to the northeast. Catherine Galioto of Micromedia Publications says FEMA estimated that more than 37,000 primary residences in New Jersey were destroyed or damaged. Three years later, those who have already started to rebuild are grappling with new regulations that may be complicating the recovery process.

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Local Beat: Ecosystem Recovering After Dragging Debris, Homes from Waterway

Thursday Oct 22, 2015  |  0 comments

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

ECOSYSTEM RECOVERING AFTER DRAGGING DEBRIS, HOMES FROM WATERWAY
Three years after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the coastline of Ocean County, officials say the local ecosystem is finally back on its feet. Bob Vosseller of Micromedia Publications says natural conditions and a concerted effort by environmental groups have resulted in tons of debris removal from local waterways, but environmentalists are still worried about the impact of future storms.

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