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Local Beat: Thumbelina’s Secret Architect, Creating Fairy Houses on a New Jersey Trail

Thursday Jul 21, 2016  |  0 comments

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

THUMBELINA’S SECRET ARCHITECT, CREATING FAIRY HOUSES ON A NEW JERSEY TRAIL
Montclair State’s own Tara George explores the intricate fairy houses that started appearing on parts of the Rahway Trail in the woods of the South Mountain Reservation about five years ago. George is an associate professor at the School of Communication and Media.

COULD THE NEXT FERGUSON, BALTIMORE OR BATON ROUGE HAPPEN HERE?
Police killings of unarmed black men have made national headlines, and their deaths have been broadcast across our news feeds and our televisions. Angela Jacobs of MercerMe looks at police relations in Mercer County and examines how local police and residents are responding to the crisis.

IS THIS ROSELLE PARK PAY-TO-PLAY ORDINANCE A PAPER TIGER?
Saul Qersdyn of Roselle Park News looks into a local pay-to-play ordinance in Roselle Park that would have removed restrictions on municipal contracts with people and businesses that make political donations to local government officials or candidates.

ASBURY PARK’S ‘REBIRTH’ MEANS MORE THAN A DESTINATION FOR NEW YORKERS
The New York Times has declared Asbury Park to be officially “reborn,” and has given the shore town the nickname “Brooklyn on the beach.” But Paul Goldfinger of Blogfinger says Asbury Park is “more than just a destination for the glitterati.”

MOVING DOWN THE SHORE, DOWN TO BUSINESS
More and more Verona residents have been moving their families and their businesses down the shore. Virginia Citrano of MyVeronaNJ follows one local business owner as she sets up shop and makes her new home in Spring Lake.

A BELOVED CHAPEL RISES FOUR YEARS AFTER HURRICANE SANDY DESTRUCTION
St. Elisabeth’s Chapel-by-the-sea at Ortley Beach is going through a revival nearly four years after it was swept out to sea during Hurricane Sandy. Lois Rogers of Micromedia Publications says the chapel has received an outpouring of support from scores of people across multiple generations, but the reconstruction effort won’t be cheap.

BOOMBOXES ARE BACK, BUT THEY’RE BANNED ON THE SEASIDE HEIGHTS BEACH
The Seaside Heights borough council voted in favor of a 60-day trial ban of “amplified music” on the beach. Daniel Nee of Shorebeat says the ban is a response to several complaints the council received over people setting up DJ speakers and playing loud music with profane language.

SALES ACADEMY APPLICATION DEADLINE JULY 25; ONLY A COUPLE SPOTS REMAIN!
The deadline to apply for the Sales Academy‬ has been pushed back to July 25, 2016. The date of the two-day intensive workshop has also been changed. The Sales Academy will now be held on August 17-18, 2016. Spaces are limited, so click here to learn more and apply today!

SALES WEBINAR: TACTICS FOR RECRUITING AND HIRING SALESPEOPLE
Join Eleanor Cippel for a free sales webinar. Learn tactics for recruiting and hiring sales people on July 27. Click the link to register and learn more.

SUSTAIN LOCAL CONFERENCE SET FOR OCT. 6-7 AT MONTCLAIR STATE
Mark your calendars: The Center for Cooperative Media will host a national conference this fall diving in to issues surrounding local journalism sustainability. Sustain Local will be held Oct. 6-7at Montclair State University. Click here for more info and use the form at the bottom to send us ideas about topics, workshops, panels, or speakers you’d like to see at the conference.

JOB ALERT: CENTER ANNOUNCES NEW NATIONAL-LOCAL EFFORT
The Center for Cooperative Media is launching an exciting one-year pilot project to facilitate collaboration between local New Jersey and national news organizations – and is seeking a manager to lead the effort. The year-long project will be funded by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and The Democracy Fund. More information and how to apply here.

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Local Beat: What is Pokémon Go-ing on in South Jersey?

Thursday Jul 14, 2016  |  0 comments

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

WHAT IS POKÉMON GO-ING ON IN SOUTH JERSEY?
Pokemon Go is on track to surpass Twitter in terms of daily active users and is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. Matt Skoufalos of NJ Pen talks to parents and kids to find out how they’re using it to explore their communities, and takes a closer look at some of the case studies, business opportunities, data possibilities and security issues surrounding the latest digital gaming craze.

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Local Beat: Collingswood schools, prosecutor ‘take ownership’ in controversy, refine discipline roles

Thursday Jul 07, 2016  |  0 comments

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

COLLINGSWOOD SCHOOLS, PROSECUTOR ‘TAKE OWNERSHIP’ IN CONTROVERSY, REFINE DISCIPLINE ROLES
The uproar appears to be calming down in Collingswood over a so-called directive from the prosecutor’s office to refer the discipline of schoolchildren to local police, now that all parties involved have met, NJ Pen reports. A joint letter issued by local law enforcement, local government, the school district and the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office clarifies that school officials will internally handle discipline issues except for criminal matters. The entire affair has been dubbed a “miscommunication.”

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Local Beat: Ratings Agency Warns Stockton Over Debt for AC Development

Thursday Jun 23, 2016  |  0 comments

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

RATINGS AGENCY WARNS STOCKTON OVER DEBT FOR AC DEVELOPMENT
The debt ratings agency Fitch Ratings says Stockton University may find itself in a “weakened financial position” after it issued new debt to build a parking garage and residence hall in Atlantic City. Elinor Comlay of Route 40 says Stockton is borrowing $70 million to pay for the development, and another $211 million to refund outstanding debts and finance projects at its Galloway campus.

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Local Beat: Beloved New Brunswick Pub to Change Hands

Thursday Jun 09, 2016  |  0 comments

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

NEW BRUNSWICK INSTITUTION, TUMULTY’S, TO CHANGE HANDS
New Brunswick Today editor Charlie Kratovil is usually busy sniffing out political scandal, but this week he shows his colors as a Hub City bro. Kratovil reports that Tumulty’s Pub, a local institution which challenges customers to figure out how to eat the massive $17.95 Death by Burger, is changing hands. Here is the hard-nosed Kratovil at his most wistful: “Despite relocating to new buildings twice during its lengthy run, Tumulty’s remained one of the few spaces in a rapidly-changing area that did not seem to change much at all from year to year.” Okay, he doesn’t really do wistful. A little political scandal also sneaks into the story – involving the closure of a nearby parking deck

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Local Beat: Farmingdale Mourns Passing of Longtime Mayor

Thursday Mar 31, 2016  |  0 comments

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

FARMINGDALE MOURNS PASSING OF LONGTIME MAYOR
The borough of Farmingdale, NJ is mourning the loss of Mayor John P. “Jay” Morgan, who died earlier this week after serving his community for 13 years. The Howell Times says Morgan had recently been diagnosed with cancer.

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Local Beat: The Montclarion Takes Home Newspaper Contest Wins

Thursday Mar 24, 2016  |  0 comments

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

THE MONTCLARION TAKES HOME NEWSPAPER CONTEST WINS
Montclair State’s campus newspaper, The Montclarion, took home three awards from the 2015-2016 NJ Collegiate Newspaper Contest. The competition is hosted by the New Jersey Press Foundation in order to reward exceptional media from student newspapers in the state.

Christie and the Terrible Week
Chris Christie and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

Wednesday Mar 02, 2016  |  0 comments

By JOE AMDITIS

A lot has happened to Governor Christie since he endorsed Donald Trump for president over the weekend. He’s been humiliated on video, condemned by his former finance co-chair Meg Whitman, and lambasted for his disastrous TV interview on ABC’s This Week on Sunday.

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Local Beat: Bipartisan Opposition Stands United Against PennEast Pipeline

Thursday Oct 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. Since we took off last week to go to the LION Conference in Chicago, we decided to pack this week’s Local Beat with twice the content. Enjoy!

BIPARTISAN OPPOSITION STANDS UNITED AGAINST PENNEAST PIPELINE
Congressional representatives, state senators, and members of the NJ Assembly joined local officials, conservation groups, and residents in Hopewell Township to urge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the NJ DEP to deny PennEast’s application to construct a proposed 18-mile natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. Mary Galioto of MercerMe says residents and landowners have been pointing out inconsistencies and innaccuracies in PennEast’s proposal for more than a year.

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It’s Official: A Play-By-Play of the Christie Campaign Announcement

Tuesday Jun 30, 2015  |  0 comments

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#Bridgegate Returns: Wildstein’s Guilty Plea

Friday May 01, 2015  |  0 comments

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