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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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Local Beat: Cliffview Pilot’s Blazing Coverage of Edgewater Fire

Thursday Jan 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.

BLAZING HOT COVERAGE OF EDGEWATER FIRE STORY 
Jerry DeMarco of Cliffview Pilot is the king of the 911 story anywhere in Bergen County, so when a luxury apartment complex went up in flames last night, he was — of course — all over it. With a little help from his friends: “Every photo was provided directly to me for PILOT use. The county executive spoke with me over the phone. Emergency workers of all stripes and ranks kept me abreast.”

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Local Beat: Johnson & Johnson Starts Human Testing Ebola Vaccine

Thursday Jan 15, 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.

JOHNSON & JOHNSON STARTS HUMAN TESTING EBOLA VACCINE
In New Brunswick, Johnson & Johnson has announced that it has begun the “first-in-human clinical trial” of a preventitive vaccine to combat the Ebola virus, reports David Schatz of New Brunswick Today. The company says it will produce more than 400,000 doses, which should be available for use by April 2015.

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Local Beat: Rutgers Loses Seventh Student Since September

Thursday Jan 08, 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 LOSES SEVENTH STUDENT SINCE SEPTEMBER
Maneesha Singh, a Rutgers Business School student from California, passed away last week, reports Kaila Boulware of New Brunswick Today. Singh’s death makes her the seventh Rutgers student to have died in the last four months.

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Local Beat: Cops, Shipwrecks, and Therapy Dogs

Thursday Dec 18, 2014  |  0 comments

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

PROSECUTOR: NO WRONGDOING IN ARREST OF BROOKDALE STUDENT
The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office has concluded that the arrest and pepper spraying of a Brookdale Community College student last month was conducted in “full compliance” with law enforcement guidelines, reports John Ward of Red Bank Green. A video of the arrest went viral and was viewed on Facebook more than 5.4 million times.

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Local Beat: Charge in Synagogue Day Care Death

Thursday Dec 11, 2014  |  0 comments

By NJ NEWS COMMONS

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

CHARGE IN SYNAGOGUE DAY CARE DEATH 
A Martinsville woman was charged this week in connection with the September death of an infant at synagogue-based day care center in Highland Park, reports David Learn of Highland Park Planet. The details surrounding the tragedy, however, remain unclear. Neither the Highland Park Planet nor Debra Rubin of NJ Jewish News were able to uncover any significant details about the cause of death, or why Tanya Choy is being held responsible for the incident, which has shaken the community.

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Local Beat: Free Speech for Nudniks and a Perfect Gift for the Springsteen Fan on Your List

Thursday Dec 04, 2014  |  0 comments

By NJ NEWS COMMONS

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

NJ SUPREME COURT: FREE SPEECH EVEN APPLIES TO NUDNIKS IN CO-OPS
Robert Dublirer may have been an outspoken nudnik. But that didn’t give the board at his co-op in Fort Lee the right to prevent him from distributing leaflets under his neighbor’s doors. The Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled that the board violated Dublirer’s first amendment rights. Stories in The Cliffview Pilot and The New Jersey Law Journal.

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Local Beat: Council Meeting Devolves Into Chaos After Activist Uses Ethnic Slur

Thursday Nov 20, 2014  |  0 comments

By NJ NEWS COMMONS

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

COUNCIL MEETING DEVOLVES INTO CHAOS AFTER ACTIVIST USES ETHNIC SLUR
An activist directed a derogatory ethnic slur at New Brunswick City Council President Rebecca Escobar earlier this month, sparking an intense exchange between the two before the meeting was brought to an early close. New Brunswick Today was on the scene and recorded video of the incident, which you can watch here.

HOMELESS MAN’S DEATH SPARKS VIBRANT DISCUSSION IN MORRISTOWN
A homeless man named Barry Lotz was found dead inside a church in Morristown on Friday with nothing but an empty bottle of vodka and a half-empty pack of cigarettes, reports Morristown Green. Lotz’s tragic death has since sparked an ourpouring of discussion and debate from the community about the fate of the homeless, the social and personal problems associated alcoholism, and the role of local media.

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