A late Thanksgiving — doubled with an early Hannukah — has seemingly thrown New Jersey local media into sudden holiday overload.
Jersey Bites told us how to make a delicious gumbo with that leftover turkey (and their Hanukkah chicken recipe might also be adapted for that other, bigger bird), while Edible Jersey has the story of a Chesterfield woman who bakes nearly 7,000 cookies each holiday season as gifts.
Sites like Springfield Patch covered those iconic town menorah lightings. And Montclair Patch gave us a rundown on the mixed results of Small Business Saturday for local merchants. (more…)
The partnership between two local news sites is yielding good results in Elizabeth where Karla Coral and Sylvia Juaregui of Elizabeth Inside Out are producing terrific crime and safety coverage — under the editorship of Jerry DeMarco, who also runs Cliffview Pilot in Bergen County — to go along with the site’s meat-and-potatoes of community news.
In the past week, Inside Out broke the news on a pair of stabbings, one fatal, at the same rooming house in Elizabeth. including an interview with a resident explaining who police were looking for, and breaking news of the suspect’s arrest. (more…)
From a traffic stop that yielded $3 million in cocaine in West Orange to the murder indictment in Clark of the man known as Kai, the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker, New Jersey proves once again that local news is never dull.
They’re having fun with data at Patch. Recently, the network of local sites brought you the 10 safest/most dangerous small towns in New Jersey and the 10 school districts with the highest paid teachers. This week, the big data story is the 20 most dangerous roads in New Jersey, yielding dicy curves from northern Bergen County down to Gloucester and Camden counties.
Route 139U, at Pulaski Skyway Terminus (Jersey City), the most dangerous road in New Jersey. Credit: Wikipedia
In Oceanport, John Bennett is taking on the job of acting borough administrator. It s a far cry from his former posts as State Senator, Senate Co-President and Acting Governor. Monmouth County Musings reports that Bennett’s career as an elected official ended when he lost his reelection bid to the Senate to Ellen Karcher in 2003 after the Asbury Park Press gave extensive coverage to a billing error on Bennett’s part as Marlboro Township attorney.
Oceanport’s John Bennet. Credit: Rhoda Chodosh
And we will end with a happy story: Ever since marriage equality became the law of the land in October, local sites have been reporting joyous news as couples around the state unite. This week, Morristown Green shares video of the first same-sex wedding in Morristown.
Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty officiates his first same-sex wedding, of Bob Parker, left, and Jorge “Geo” Marques. Credit: Kevin Coughlin
Our full roundup:
‘A lifetime event’: First same-sex marriage in Morristown Town Hall Morristown Green
Video: A Historic day in historic Morristown, as Town Hall hosts its first gay wedding Morristown Green
LHS Achieves National Honor Roll with More Students Excelling in AP Classes TAP Livingston
Dr. Sun To Purchase New Monitor for St. Barnabas NICU from
West Orange Police Traffic Stop Yields $3.1 Million in Cocaine TAP West Orange
Westfield Board of Education Discusses Standardized Test Scores and Policies TAP Westfield
Morris Avenue One of Most Dangerous Roads in NJ, Data Shows Springfield Patch
‘Kai the Hitchhiker’ indicted on first-degree murder charges in Clark killing Elizabeth Inside Out
Kai the Hitchhiker Indicted on Murder Charge Clark Patch
Collingswood Resident Develops Scheduling App For Caregivers, Parents, Others Collingswood Patch
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Sometimes local news can get big in a hurry.
Jersey Tomato Press and Barista Kids have been covering the leak of assessment tests created by the Montclair School District to measure students’ progress in the new Common Core curriculum.
Barista Kids has been tracking how the story — and the controversy surrounding the new testing and the superintendent who ordered it — was picked up by the NY Times and the Washington Post. Jersey Tomato Press is taking Barista Kids (and parent Baristanet) to task for linking to a video purportedly created by the hacking group. (more…)
Looking for a good haunted house story? Would you settle for a haunted school?
Patricia Miller of Barnegat-Manahawkin Patch has the chilling tale of a visit by South Jersey Paranormal Research to the Elizabeth V. Edwards School — long rumored to be haunted. The investigators, who performed their work free of charge, used electronic magnetic field detectors, voice recorders, cameras and flashlights and presented some compelling findings to the public, including a photograph of a “mist” in the front row of the auditorium. (more…)
It was a big week for the little guy in New Jersey news.
First, Krystal Knapp of Planet Princeton has been following up on the story of local parking “irregularities” that she broke two weeks ago. Knapp spent months looking for evidence to support rumors that some local merchants and employees were getting to park at meters for free in exchange for free food or goods to local enforcement officers. Patience paid off: Knapp snapped pictures (as seen here), the town investigated, one enforcement officer was fired and another has been demoted following the “meter-gate” scandal. (more…)
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It’s that time of year again. The kids go back to school and a few weeks later those “lice letters” start showing up in backpacks. BaristaKids has the story and what to do to prevent and eradicate the little buggers.
With the Sandy anniversary approaching, Ocean City Patch and Toms River Patch report that both towns are taking action — including invoking eminent domain — in order to rebuild dunes. The comments following the Ocean City story show how unpopular the position taken by hold-out property owners is. (more…)
The brutal winter of 1779-80 was not enough to shut down Jockey Hollow (and drive George Washington and his Continental Army away), but where frigid weather failed, the U.S. Congress has succeeded.
This observation was made by Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green as he reported that the federal shutdown would bar many a history buff from the hallowed Hollow. Driving his point home, Coughlin posted a story about two British tourists who are willing to forgive the Revolutionary War but are quite peeved about being locked out of their vacation destination. (more…)
Last weekend, Rutgers’ glee club introduced new lyrics to the school’s alma mater to make it gender neutral. Local news sites like The Daily Targum had the story, and the new “alternative” Muckgers site defended the change, taking naysayers like the Star-Ledger’s Mark DiIonno to task.
Muckgers’ Simon Galperin wrote, “Tradition is a word that has been used for centuries to suppress minorities and perpetuate antiquated, unequal gender roles. Many things that we do not do today were once tradition, until we eventually learned they were dumb and we got rid of them.” (more…)
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This week, New Jersey local media are all over the story of a street naming gone awry in Paterson. Seems the city council had good intentions in renaming of a portion of Van Houten street after Alhaj Forman Ali, who is credited as founder of the Jalalabad Jam-E-Masjid. But both the Paterson Press and Paterson Times are reporting that mosque leaders say they were in the dark about the naming and are unhappy that one person is being credited with founding a mosque which, in fact, had many fathers. (more…)
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. (more…)