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Local Beat: Learning About Messy Data Through Hacking at Hack Jersey 2.0

Thursday Apr 16, 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. 

LEARNING ABOUT MESSY DATA THROUGH HACKING AT HACK JERSEY 2.0
Steven Galante of NJ Tech Weekly gives us a detailed play-by-play of his experience as a participant at Hack Jersey 2.0. Galante explains some of the many challenges his team faced, some of which actually helped them to come up with their team name: Team “Colleen Did It.” Galante and the rest of the teams faced off in March in a two-day effort to make journalism better through data, code, and play.

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Local Beat: Camden’s Waterfront Abyss Wins 2015 Golden Crater Award

Thursday Apr 09, 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. 

CAMDEN’S WATERFRONT ABYSS WINS 2015 GOLDEN CRATER AWARD
Streetsblog readers submitted two dozen unbearable parking craters to the annual Parking Madness tournament, but none of them stood a chance against the waterfront lot in downtown Camden, NJ. Readers cited two major factors in their decision, other the sheer size of the lot: the waste of waterfront space and the lack of proximity to transit linking the area to nearby Philadelphia. Locals hope the Parking Madness infamy will lead to changes in the near future.

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Local Beat: Stonybrook Fourth Graders (and Yes, We Know, Menendez)

Thursday Apr 02, 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.

STONYBROOK 4TH GRADERS PEN BILL NOW BEFORE STATE SENATE
A group of fourth graders at Stonybrook Elementary School have drafted and submitted a bill that would make Thomas Alva Edison the official state inventor of New Jersey. Mary Galioto of Mercer Me says students Rory Danieluk, Dylan Kalina, Emma Smith and Zoe Kitson came up with the idea after a class trip to the NJ Statehouse. On March 9, 2015, their proposed bill became Bill No. S2771, and now sits before the Senate.

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Local Beat: New App Helps Deter Bullying in Schools

Thursday Mar 26, 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.

NEW APP HELPS DETER BULLYING IN SCHOOLS
Jonathan Pearl, a Livingston resident and graduate of Livingston High School, has developed a new mobile app called STOPit. Danielle Santola of TAP into Livingston says the app is designed as a way to combat a growing epidemic of cyberbullying. STOPit allows students to anonymously report instances of cyberbullying, and the app has already been adopted in thirteen states and four countries.

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Local Beat: Paramus Catholic Chaperones Avoid Sexual Assault Charges

Thursday Mar 19, 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.

PARAMUS CATHOLIC CHAPERONES AVOID SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES
The NJ Supreme Court has ruled that Paramus Catholic’s former vice-president of operations and assistant varsity football coach will not be prosecuted for sexual assault, reports Jerry DeMarco of Cliffview Pilot. The two are accused of having sex with three teenage students during a school trip to Germany that they chaperoned, but the Court says they won’t face prosecution because the alleged assault occured outside of New Jersey’s borders.

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Local Beat: Rutgers Stays Mum on Commencement Speaker

Thursday Mar 12, 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.

RUTGERS’ SECRET COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
Rutgers University has decided to keep the 2015 commencement speaker a secret until the school’s Board of Governors meets to discuss the matter in April, reports Daniel Muñoz of New Brunswick Today. Rumors have been circulating that Rutgers will choose Bill Nye as the speaker, but school officials want to avoid any chance of controversy over the selection, especially after the ten-week battle between students and administrators that ultimately saw US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice decline the invitation to speak at the 2014 commencement ceremony.

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Local Beat: New Brunswick Today Challenges Hub City Subpoena

Thursday Mar 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.

HUB CITY ETHICS: NB TODAY CHALLENGES SUBPOENA
After failing to properly document its own ethics board meeting, the City of New Brunswick is using its subpoena power to demand that Charlie Kratovil of New Brunswick Today hand over the paper’s video of the ethics hearing. The subpoena also prohibits NBT from releasing the videos in question until they have been turned over to the city, but Kratovil says he plans to release them anyway.

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Local Beat: How to Write an Obituary

Thursday Feb 19, 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.

HOW TO WRITE AN OBITUARY
Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green shows us how to honor an extraordinary life in this obituary of Chef Melody McGinley Whitelaw, “caterer to the stars.” Loaded with quirky anecdotes, photos and even video, the obit was also honest: “A proud woman, Melody could be short with people who did not accord her the respect she felt was her due.” Another interesting obit this week from Franklin Reporter, which honored Michele Ferrero, inventor of Nutella, who died on Valentines Day. The company that sells Nutella is based in Franklin. And Jay Lustig atNJArts.net decided to feature a different Leslie Gore song than everybody else in his farewell to the NJ-born singer-songwriter, who died Monday.

HOW TO INTERVIEW A LOCAL CELEBRITY
And speaking of obituaries, we pull rank this week to feature a 2011 Baristanet interview by yours truly of the late, great David Carr. The best thing about the interview: stepping out of the way and allowing Carr to tell his story in his own words.

HOW TO COVER A PROPOSED BOARDWALK DEVELOPMENT
Take a picture of the site plans, like Riverside Signal did, in this in-depth report on plans to redevelop the Funtown Pier in Seaside Park. Developers are requesting that the 50-foot height limit on rides be raised to 300 feet.

HOW TO BRIGHTEN UP THE WINTER WITH PUNS AND PICTURES
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Local Beat: The Chilling Brendan Tevlin Case, Month by Month

Thursday Feb 12, 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 CHILLING BRENDAN TEVLIN CASE, MONTH BY MONTH
Eric Williams, the prime suspect in the Brendan Tevlin murder case, was released on reduced bail a few weeks ago, and Jackie Goldman-Schatell of TAP into Livingston has put together a comprehensive timeline of the events leading up to and following Tevlin’s random murder by a self-proclaimed jihadist.

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Local Beat: NBPD Office Run Over by Stolen Police Truck

Thursday Feb 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.

NBPD OFFICER RUN OVER BY STOLEN POLICE TRUCK
New Brunswick Police were responding to a burglary in progress yesterday when a suspect jumped into a nearby police truck that had been left running and ran over one of the officers while he tried to escape. Charlie Kratovil of New Brunswick Today has the full story.

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Local Beat: Cherry Hill Sting Shines Local Light on Human Trafficking

Thursday Jan 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.

CHERRY HILL STING SHINES LOCAL LIGHT ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Cherry Hill officials are wrapping up their second human trafficking case in two years, reports Matt Skoufalos of NJ Pen. Police arrested Javaan J. Hall on charges of human trafficking after a successful sting operation at a local hotel.

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