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Local Beat: Community, Commuters, Christie, and Tasers

Thursday Jul 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.

IN EPIC UPSET, COMMUNITY OPPOSITION DEFEATS CONTROVERSIAL PLAN IN NEW BRUNSWICK
The residents of New Brunswick scored an unprecedented victory over a controversial developer after the Planning Board narrowly voted down a proposal to build a 52-unit apartment building on Mine Street. Charlie Kratovil of New Brunswick Today says developers rarely lose a bid with a county lawyer on their side, but a surge of community opposition brought significant changes to the proposal.

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Local Beat: Are Sand Mines Destroying Lacey?

Thursday Jun 25, 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.

ARE SAND MINES DESTROYING LACEY?
Sand mining operations in Lacey Township are receiving a lot of criticism from local residents and township officials over the environmental impacts such operations are having on the delicate Pine Barrens ecosystem. Gavin Rozzi of the Lacey Reporter says sand mining operations are not required to repair any damage to the environment until after the operation is over, which can take up to 30 years or more.

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Local Beat: Robert Wood Johnson Locked Down for Hours After Bomb Threat

Thursday Jun 11, 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.

ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON LOCKED DOWN FOR HOURS AFTER BOMB THREAT
The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick was under a “Code Yellow” lockdown for more than two hours on Monday due to a bomb threat. Charlie Kratovil of New Brunswick Today says patients, visitors, and employees were not allowed to enter or leave the premises as a HAZMAT team was dispatched to sweep the largest hospital in Central Jersey.

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Local Beat: Law Clerk Who Called Trooper’s Death ‘Not That Sad’ Resigns

Thursday Jun 04, 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.

LAW CLERK WHO CALLED TROOPER’S DEATH ‘NOT THAT SAD’ RESIGNS
Superior Court Judge Travis Francis has accepted the resignation of Leslie Anderson, the law clerk who was suspended after she posted on Facebook that the death of NJ State Trooper Anthony Raspa was “not that sad, and certainly not ‘tragic.” Jerry DeMarco of Cliffview Pilot says Anderson’s post continued at length, accusing Raspa of recklessness and calling the ourpouring of grief and support from the community “absurd, nonsensical, and completely unwarranted.” Pam Hersh of the Highland Park Planet says the Raspa family would like today’s funeral to be open to the public.

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Local Beat: 7-Eleven Robbery Was An Inside Job

Thursday May 28, 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.

7-ELEVEN ROBBERY WAS AN INSIDE JOB
An investigation into a robbery at a 7-Eleven in Lacey Township has concluded that it was an inside job. Gavin Rozzi of the Lacey Reporter says the man who allegedly robbed the store was dating one of the cashiers who was working at the time of the robbery. The cashier is believed to have played a role in the robbery by filing a false police report. Both have been arrested.

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Local Beat: Big Changes to NJ’s Car Seat Law

Thursday May 21, 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.

BIG CHANGES TO NJ’S CAR SEAT LAW: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
A new law signed this month means big changes to NJ’s car seat law, and Catherine Donaldson-Evans of New Jersey Family has the lo-down on everything parents need to know to avoid the $50-75 fine for failure to comply. For instance, the new rules, which go into effect in September, now require babies to remain in rear-facing car seats until they are two years old or weigh at least 30 pounds.

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Local Beat: How Job Sprawl Keeps New Jerseyans Impoverished

Thursday May 14, 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 JOB SPRAWL KEEPS NEW JERSEYANS IMPOVERISHED
How does the length of your daily commute affect your ability to pay your bills? South Jerseyist takes a closer look at job sprawl – the increasing scarcity of nearby jobs – and the effects it has on New Jersey’s most vulnerable populations, who are forced to travel increasing distances to find meaningful employment.

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Local Beat: Nuclear Power Plant Experiences Material Failures

Thursday May 07, 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.

NUCLEAR POWER PLANT EXPERIENCES MATERIAL FAILURES
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued two new findings last week regarding the safety of the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Lacey Township, reports Gavin Rozzi of the Lacey Reporter. Oyster Creek – the oldest operating nuclear plant in the country – is set to begin the shutdown process in 2019. The NRC said one of the violations rose to the level of a Code Yellow–one step away from the obviously-serious Code Red–and admonished the plant owners to be more vigilant.

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Local Beat: Women Defy Vatican, Ordain Female Priests

Thursday Apr 30, 2015  |  0 comments

WOMEN DEFY VATICAN, ORDAIN FEMALE PRIESTS
A group of dissident priests at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Morristown, NJ have defied the Vatican by ordaining seven female priests, reports Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green. An organization known as the Roman Catholic Womenpriests say they believe church practices should reflect the changes that have occurred in society since the days when the rules against female priesthood were written.

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Local Beat: Audible CEO Reveals Venture Fund Planned for Newark

Thursday Apr 23, 2015  |  0 comments

AUDIBLE CEO REVEALS VENTURE FUND PLANNED FOR NEWARK
Speaking to the TEDx Navesink audience at Monmouth University this month, founder and CEO of Audible.com, Donald Katz talked about his company’s ongoing relationship with Newark, and announced that he will be starting a venture fund and accelerator in the heart of the city. Esther Surden of NJ Tech Weekly says Katz has been planning to start the venture fund for at least two years and he wants to see more “social impact investing” in the Brick City.

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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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