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Local Beat: Oaklyn FD rescues dog from frozen creek, saves chickens from burning coop

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Local Beat: Former City of Newark employee says she was sexually assaulted by mayor’s brother

Friday Dec 15, 2017  | 

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FORMER NEWARK EMPLOYEE SAYS SHE WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED BY MAYOR’S OLDER BROTHER
A former City of Newark employee has accused Mayor Ras Barak’s older brother, Obalaji Baraka, of sexually assaulting her. Elana Knopp of TAPinto Newark says Dannisha Clyburn posted a video to Facebook, in which she addresses members of the Baraka administration and claims she was touched inappropriately and without her consent by Obalaji Baraka in 2013, and again in 2015.

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Local Beat: Newark’s Executive Protection Unit racked up more than $1M in overtime

Friday Dec 08, 2017  | 

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NEWARK’S EXECUTIVE PROTECTION UNIT RACKED UP MORE THAN $1M IN OVERTIME, RECORDS SHOW
There are 27 Newark police officers assigned to the city’s Executive Protection Unit, which provides 24-hour security for the mayor. Elana Knopp of TAPinto Newark obtained documents through an Open Public Records Act request that show those 27 officers racked up a combined total of approximately $1.12 million in overtime pay during the first eight months of 2017 alone.

POLICE REPORTS CONTRADICT PROSECUTOR STATEMENT ON HIGHLAND PARK DEATH
Documents released as part of a lawsuit filed against the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) revealed inconsistencies in the official story of a man who died last year after an encounter with Highland Park police officers. Police found Daniel Nagahama, 28, alive when they arrived on the scene, but the man died just hours after he was taken to a hospital in New Brunswick by police. Charlie Kratovil of New Brunswick Today says the documents appear to confirm that instead of reviving the man, police instead punched the man and sprayed him with a “chemical/natural agent.”

MAURICE ‘MICKEY’ CARROLL, WHO COVERED JFK ASSASSINATION AND PUSHED FOR MORRIS SCHOOL DISTRICT, DIES AT 86
Longtime journalist and Morris Township resident, Maurice “Mickey” Carroll has died at the age of 86. Carroll covered everything from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to a range of local issues for seven different newspapers. Carroll also “taught generations of journalists at four universities and, for the last two decades, translated the Quinnipiac University Poll into plain English,” writes Kevin Coughlin for Morristown Green.

TAX BILL PROTESTERS GATHER IN WESTFIELD, FIND CONGRESSMAN LANCE IN AGREEMENT
A “flash protest” against the Senate GOP tax bill brought dozens of Westfield residents to the office of Republican Congressman Leonard Lance on Monday. Jackie Lieberman of TAPinto Westfield says the protesters descended upon Lance’s office, only to find themselves in relative agreement with the Republican congressman when it came to his opposition to the tax bill.

MONTCLAIR HS FOOTBALL WINS 2017 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
The Montclair High School football team won the 2017 NJSIAA State Championship last week in the North 1 Group 5 category. The Montclair Dispatch says Montclair took home the trophy after defeating Union City, with a final score of 35-14.

BADER FIELD IS NOW BEING USED FOR… STORAGE
Atlantic City’s Bader Field, once home to an airport, a minor league baseball team, and numerous Thanksgiving Day rivalry games has been vacant for years – until now. Elinor Comlay of Route 40 News says the city has finally found what they have determined to be the “highest and best use” for the property: a storage yard.

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Local Beat: Cost of New Brunswick police corruption, racism cases tops $2 million

Friday Dec 01, 2017  | 

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COST OF NEW BRUNSWICK POLICE CORRUPTION, RACISM CASES TOPS $2M
Taxpayers in multiple New Jersey counties are footing the multi-million dollar bill for the team of lawyers representing New Brunswick’s mayor and top police officials in two court cases. Charlie Kratovil of New Brunswick Today says the cases represent two types of discrimination within the embattled police department: one based on race and another based on politics.

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Local Beat: Voting Block continues as neighbors meet for political potlucks

Friday Oct 20, 2017  | 

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VOTING BLOCK CONTINUES AS NEIGHBORS MEET FOR POLITICAL POTLUCKS
Three more partners in the ongoing Voting Block collaborative reporting series published stories this week. NJ Pen profiled neighbors on E. Stiles and Haddon Avenue in Collingswood. Montclair Local hosted a political potluck with residents in Montclair’s Cloverhill Place neighborhood. And Village Green hosted their own potluck with the residents of Elmwood Avenue in Maplewood. Check out their stories below, and visit votingblocknj.com to read the rest of the series.

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Local Beat: The persistence of Trump in Atlantic City

Wednesday Oct 18, 2017  | 

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THE PERSISTENCE OF DONALD TRUMP IN ATLANTIC CITY
Bill Sprouse of Route 40 published this piece on Donald Trump’s legacy in Atlantic City – which now seems to be mostly scratched, smashed and painted over from anywhere it might have previously appeared. The piece looks into efforts by local historian Levi Fox to set up a Trump Museum and help the city bring in some revenue from its connection to the President. It also looks at the intravenous drug paraphernalia outside the Taj Mahal human resources office and how that dovetails with Trump’s approach to the opioid crisis.

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Local Beat: In Maplewood, path to better community relations begins its long, difficult journey

Friday Oct 13, 2017  | 

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IN MAPLEWOOD, PATH TO BETTER COMMUNITY RELATIONS BEGINS ITS LONG, DIFFICULT JOURNEY
Village Green continues to follow the fall-out from the police audio and video released this summer that captured police herding a group of teens out of town and punching and kicking one handcuffed teen. This week, Mary Mann reports that community members want a halt to police/student mentoring programs.

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Local Beat: Livingston Board of Education weighs random drug testing at high school

Friday Oct 06, 2017  | 

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LIVINGSTON BOARD OF EDUCATION WEIGHS RANDOM DRUG TESTING AT HIGH SCHOOL
The Livingston Board of Education is exploring random drug testing at Livingston High School as a deterrence measure, but the move is receiving push-back from some in the community, Danielle Santola of TAPinto Livingston reports. Principals from the BOE were invited to the township council meeting to answer questions and address concerns about the measure, which is under consideration in other districts across the state as well.

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Local Beat: Voting Block partners talk election issues with NJ voters

Friday Sep 22, 2017  | 

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VOTING BLOCK PARTNERS TALK ELECTION ISSUES WITH NEW JERSEY VOTERS
Reporters and local news partners involved with the ongoing collaborative reporting project known as Voting Block published some of their first stories this week. Each reporting partner was tasked with profiling a particular neighborhood or “block” within their respective communities to get a better understanding of the most important issues facing the state as we prepare to elect a new governor in November.

  • Mark Bonamo of TAPinto Newark focused on Halsey Street in Newark, where many voters are concerned about the spectre of gentrification and development.
  • Donny Levit of Village Green covered a well-trafficked stretch of Elmwood Avenue between Prospect Street and several blocks past Boyden Avenue in Maplewood, New Jersey.
  • Jeff Schwachter of SNJ Today asked a group of voters in Vineland, New Jersey to lay out the issues that they feel should be at the top of the new governor’s priority list.
  • Daniel Nee of Shorebeat visited Hurricane Sandy’s “ground zero” in Ortley Beach where he spoke with voters to find out what they expect from the new governor when it comes to the ongoing Sandy recovery efforts.
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Local Beat: Mayor Baraka hires Bridgegate defense lawyer Michael Critchley

Friday Sep 15, 2017  | 

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MAYOR BARAKA HIRES BRIDGEGATE DEFENSE LAWYER MICHAEL CRITCHLEY 
Newark mayor Ras Baraka has hired Michael Critchley, one of the top criminal defense attorneys in the state who represented Bridget Anne Kelly in the Bridgegate trial, to defend him in a civil suit brought by the city’s former attorney. Elana Knopp of TAP into Newark says the high-profile attorney will defend Baraka in a discrimination and retaliation suit brought against him by Willie Parker and three co-defendants in June.

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Local Beat: Local communities and officials reject, condemn DACA rollback

Friday Sep 08, 2017  | 

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NEWARK SCHOOL, ELECTED OFFICIALS CONDEMN DACA ROLLBACK
City and school officials in Newark were quick to strongly condemn the Trump administration’s announcement on Tuesday that it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Elana Knopp of TAP into Newark says protests in support of DACA and the nearly 800,000 people under its protection sprang up across the Newark in the days following the announcement.

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