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Lice, Lice Baby

The Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of stories produced exclusively by local media sites in New Jersey.

It’s that time of year again. The kids go back to school and a few weeks later those “lice letters” start showing up in backpacks. BaristaKids has the story and what to do to prevent and eradicate the little buggers.

With the Sandy anniversary approaching, Ocean City Patch and Toms River Patch report that both towns are taking action — including invoking eminent domain — in order to rebuild dunes. The comments following the Ocean City story show how unpopular the position taken by hold-out property owners is.

Meanwhile, every news outlet ran a story about the popularity of the newly opened Carlo’s Bakery in Westfield, but The Alternative Press of Westfield is running a story about how not everyone was happy to see the “Cake Boss” open shop down the block from Bovella’s Pastry Shoppe, a town staple since 1949 with a very similar menu.

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Bovella’s Pastry Shoppe, located at 101 E. Broad in Westfield, NJ Credits: Erin Scialabba

New Jersey is not known for its barbecue, but BBQ is alive and well in the Garden State. Ethnic barbecue is one of New Jersey’s best-kept secrets as shown in EthnicNJ’s review “Jersey Style Barbecue”  Meanwhile, The Alternative Press reports that a film school in Livingston has been working with special needs adults and children to produce cooking shows that are airing locally and on YouTube.

State of the Arts premiered its new website as well as its fall season this week with three new stories: a profile of Nelson Johnson, the author of Boardwalk Empire; a performance by singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur, who debuted his new album at an “under the radar” house concert in NJ; and a story about Passage Theatre’s work with teen playwrights in Trenton. Meanwhile, NJ Art News debuted two videos on the packed house at the Sustainability Summit at Duke Farms last week.

Our full roundup:

The Lice Letter BaristaKids*
Westfield’s Own ‘Cake War?’ Locals Debate After Carlo’s Opens Near a Longtime Staple The Alternative Press Westfield
Community Meets Developers on proposed ShopRite store Glocally Newark
Toms River to Move Forward With Dune Condemnations Toms River Patch
Shillelagh Club in West Orange Hosts Seventh Annual St. Baldrick’s Event West Orange TAP
Who Refused to Sign Easements for Ocean City Beach Replenishment? Ocean City Patch
Jersey Style Barbecue EthnicNJ*
The Children’s Institute Film School Boasts Successful Program TAP Livingston
Gary Erbe – Renowned master painter a local and national treasure Jersey Tomato Press
Boardwalk Empire State of the Arts
Singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur State of the Arts
Passage Theatre and Teen Playwrights in Trenton State of the Arts
Educators Change Conversation on Sustainability  NJ Arts News

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