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Local Beat: Cops, Shipwrecks, and Therapy Dogs

Thursday Dec 18, 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.

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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CODE RED: Lockdown at Columbia High School

Thursday Nov 13, 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.

CODE RED: LOCKDOWN AT COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL
Columbia High School went on red alert Monday after a student was reported to have brought a weapon to school, reports The Village Green. The school was evacuated and the student was eventually identified and arrested for bringing a pair of brass knuckles to school. The next morning, Maplewood police arrested a second person in connection with the lockdown.

Clement Price
Local Beat: Mourning Clement Price

Thursday Nov 06, 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.

MOURNING CLEMENT PRICE
When the beloved Newark historian Clement Price died yesterday following a stroke, fans all over the state lined up to pay tribute. Andaiye Taylor of Brick City Live put together a Storify to showcase the reactions. She last saw Price while covering an event for us in Newark last month.

“FAKE PHONY FRAUD” FACEBOOK POST UPENDS MILLBURN ELECTION
A Facebook post attacking a Millburn school board incumbent as a “fake phony fraud” last weekend upended the BOE race there. Although part of the attack has since disappeared, publisher Mike Shapiro grabbed screenshots of the original post and published it on TAP into Millburn/Short Hills.

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Local Beat: Highland Park Planet Digs In, and a Funeral Director’s Funeral

Thursday Oct 30, 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.

HIGHLAND PARK PLANET HITS THE GROUND RUNNING
The Highland Park Planet began publishing this week and dove straight into a story about major development projects on the table. The town of 14,000 is on track to see more than 500 new residential units by the year 2024. Editor/publisher Pam Hersh reports on the pros and cons here.

A FUNERAL DIRECTOR’S GOODBYE
There’s something undeniably poignant about the funeral of the person who spent a lifetime ushering people to the other side, and Morristown Green’s Kevin Coughlin captured it in this story.

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Local Beat: Arrest, Then Thanks, for a Reporter

Thursday Oct 23, 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.

ARREST, THEN THANKS: THE STRANGE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHARLIE KRATOVIL AND THE NBPD
It’s been a busy year for New Brunswick Today and its editor, Charlie Kratovil. In February, Kratovil sued Rutgers University and the City of New Brunswick to get them to release maps showing the division of jurisdiction between the two police departments – and he won. In July, he personally witnessed a New Brunswick Police officer throw two ticket books in a public garbage can, one of which included parking tickets that were never filed in court, leading to an internal investigation.

Days later, he was contacted by someone who claimed to have information about the officer who threw away the ticket books. When Kratovil showed up, however, the “tip” turned out to be a sting and Kratovil was arrested on what he says were false charges. Luckily, he recorded the whole thing.

Krystal Knapp (left) of Planet Princeton and NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman (right).
Local Beat: The Doctor is in… Quarantine?

Thursday Oct 16, 2014  |  0 comments

By DEBBIE GALANT

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

Story updated 3:45 pm to correct an error on Knapp’s comment approval process.

The big local story in New Jersey this week, as everybody knows by now, came from Krystal Knapp over at Planet Princeton, who outed NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman for violating a self-imposed quarantine after a cameraman on her reporting team came down with Ebola while they were covering the epidemic in Liberia. The story was so big it got picked up by everyone from Gawker to the New York Times and Knapp’s traffic spiked to 40,000 page views on Monday. That’s the epitome of success for a hyperlocal publisher. But, we wanted to know, what is it really like when you’re the one whose story goes viral?

Toms River Indian Football
Local Beat: NJ’s Other Football Controversy and the Burqa Bandit

Thursday Oct 09, 2014  |  0 comments

By JOE AMDITIS

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

THE OTHER FOOTBALL SCANDALS IN NJ
Jaws are dropping across NJ and the country at the lurid details from Sayreville revealed yesterday, but Sayreville doesn’t have a monopoly on local football scandals. In Lakewood, a pack of gridiron stars have been charged with a series of armed robberies. And in Toms River, a parent was arrested Sunday for a tackling a youth football coach who decided to cancel that team’s season. The coach has now been suspended by the league for the tone he used in lecturing 13- and 14-year-olds in the lecture that preceded the fight. Also from Shore News Network: a story on an interesting footnote in Toms River football history from 1968.

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Local Beat: Hum a Few Bars and Maybe I’ll Recognize It

Thursday Oct 02, 2014  |  0 comments

By JOE AMDITIS

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

WANT A STATE SONG? HOW ABOUT 350 OF THEM?
State legislators are finally batting around the possibility of designating a state song — or five — for NJ. A brand new arts news site in New Jersey, NJ Arts, can do them 345 better. Have they considered, for example, Thelonious Monk’s “Hackensack”? Ok, maybe an instrumental isn’t the best choice. But former Star-Ledger arts editor Jay Lustig is offering up one Jersey-themed song a day for 350 days, in honor of New Jersey’s 350’s birthday.

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