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Local Beat: Exploring Camden County’s presidential write-ins

Thursday Nov 17, 2016  |  0 comments

Local Beat is the NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best reporting by community news sources.

EXPLORING CAMDEN COUNTY’S PRESIDENTIAL WRITE-INS
For Joseph Russell of South Jerseyist, looking at the write-in report from the Camden County Board of Elections has become something of a tradition. This year is no different, although in some ways, it is.

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Local Beat: Two top Bayonne officials ‘not credible’ in employee layoff case

Thursday Nov 10, 2016  |  0 comments

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JUDGE: TWO TOP BAYONNE OFFICIALS ‘NOT CREDIBLE’ IN EMPLOYEE LAYOFF CASE
Two Bayonne officials have been deemed ‘not credible’ by an administrative law judge in a ruling that called for three laid off employees to get their jobs back. John Heinis of Hudson County View says the three former Bayonne municipal employees were laid off without receiving a memorandum announcing the change in policy that resulted in their dismissal. 

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Local Beat: Bayonne’s Bad Bet? High school, other city landmarks used in anti-casino ads

Thursday Nov 03, 2016  |  0 comments

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BAYONNE’S BAD BET? HIGH SCHOOL, OTHER CITY LANDMARKS USED IN ANTI-CASINO ADS
Several of the commercials used in the multimillion-dollar marketing campaign by the anti-casino group Trenton’s Bad Bet feature Bayonne schools and other landmarks. John Heinis of Hudson County View says a prominent consulting firm from Washington, D.C. appears to have paid $3,500 to the local Board of Education for permission to film inside Bayonne High School.

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Local Beat: Is this the beginning of the end for abandoned Essex County Jail?

Thursday Oct 27, 2016  |  0 comments

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IS THIS THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR ABANDONED ESSEX COUNTY JAIL?
The former Essex County Jail in Newark’s Central Ward has been closed for more than 45 years but it was never demolished, in part because it is listed on both the national and the New Jersey Register of Historic Places. But that could soon change. Jared Kofsky of Essex County Place says Rutgers Law School recently filed a petition to de-register the facility from both registers.

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Local Beat: Lights out at the Taj Mahal

Thursday Oct 20, 2016  |  0 comments

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LIGHTS OUT AT THE TAJ MAHAL
The Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City officially closed recently, but the slot machines are still blinking inside. Bill Sprouse of Route 40 takes us on a solemn tour of the shuttered resort.

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Local Beat: Toms River girl arrested in connection to killer clown hoax

Thursday Oct 13, 2016  |  0 comments

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TOMS RIVER GIRL ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO KILLER CLOWN HOAX
Toms River Police arrested a 12-year-old girl after they found threatening posts on Instagram from user ‘Killerclownfromnj.’ Catherine Galioto of Micromedia Publications says the posts warned that clowns with machetes would be roaming neighborhoods and schools with the intention of killing people they come across.

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Local Beat: Collingswood seeks to rebound from policing policies at outset of new school year

Thursday Sep 29, 2016  |  0 comments

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COLLINGSWOOD SEEKS TO REBOUND FROM POLICING POLICIES AT OUTSET OF NEW SCHOOL YEAR
Collingswood Borough police, schools, and government officials are regrouping and reevaluating the school discipline policies after the town made national headlines over the summer. Matt Skoufalos of NJ Pen says the district is reconsidering a policy that mandated police involvement in school disciplinary affairs for minor infractions.

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Local Beat: Just a couple of working sniffs

Thursday Sep 22, 2016  |  0 comments

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RED BANK: JUST A COUPLE OF WORKING SNIFFS
Solving the mystery of elevated bacteria in the Navesink River is a dog of a task. That’s why officials decided to bring in some four-legged detectives of their own to get the job done. John Ward of Red Bank Green says two dogs have been trained to bark when they smell a specific type of fecal coliform near the waterfront in Red Bank and Fair Haven.

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Local Beat: Chris Christie’s next move may harm South Jersey for a generation

Thursday Sep 08, 2016  |  0 comments

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CHRIS CHRISTIE’S NEXT MOVE MAY HARM SOUTH JERSEY FOR A GENERATION
Joseph Russell of South Jerseyist has some strong words for the state’s top official after Gov. Chris Christie announced that he plans to end the longstanding income-tax reciprocity agreement between New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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The Springsteen Factor: How stories about The Boss impact a Jersey arts site

Thursday Sep 01, 2016  |  0 comments

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THE SPRINGSTEEN FACTOR: HOW STORIES ABOUT THE BOSS IMPACT A LOCAL JERSEY ARTS SITE
Jay Lustig of NJArts.net writes about Bruce Springsteen a lot. So much so, in fact, that more than half of the 30 top-performing stories on his website are about The Boss. But Springsteen stories aren’t just about recognizing contributions to New Jersey’s musical legacy, they’re also about economics.

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Local Beat: Why all the administrative churn in the South Orange-Maplewood district?

Thursday Aug 25, 2016  |  0 comments

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WHY ALL THE ADMINISTRATIVE CHURN IN THE SOUTH ORANGE-MAPLEWOOD DISTRICT?
Eleven administrators in the South Orange-Maplewood School District are set to retire or resign at the end of the 2015-2016 school year, so Mary Barr Mann of The Village Green put together a list and reached out to many of the departing administrators to find out why.

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