Local Beat: Community responds to murder of Livingston teen


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Brendan TevlinThe town of Livingston, NJ was struck by a horrible tragedy last week as news continued to surface about the murder of Brendan Tevlin, a 19-year-old University of Richmond student who was found dead in his car. Cynthia Cumming of TAP into West Orange first broke the story last Thursday, and the community responded with an outpouring of support and coverage from the surrounding towns.

TAP into Livingston published several stories on Tevlin’s death and memory as the community grieved, offering emotional and financial support to the victim’s family. They also published a beautiful eulogy for Tevlin written by Chuck Granata titled, “A Fragile Thread (for Brendan Tevlin).”

In Westfield, members of the advocacy group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America hand-delivered more than 3,000 electronically-signed postcards to Congressman Leonard Lance’s office on Tuesday, demanding him to take steps to support “common sense” gun law reform, according to Sarah Carpien of TAP into Westfield.

David BryantIn Princeton, David Bryant is fighting to keep his freedom. After serving 38 years in prison for a crime he says he didn’t commit, with new evidence that supports his claims of innocence, the district attorney’s office in New York is appealing to have his sentence reinstated, reports Krystal Knapp of Planet Princeton.

The Village Green of Maplewood and South Orange got two scoops this week — inside information on the candidacy of and an exclusive interview with an arts educator who is running for Board of Education and news that the principal of a middle school was resigning to take a new job in Passaic County.

Fresh Grocer AbandondedThe New Brunswick Parking Authority is sitting on almost a quarter billion dollars in debt after the Fresh Grocer supermarket closed in May, according to Charlie Kratovil of New Brunswick Today. The NBPA was the landlord for the property where the supermarket was located and, while they have never missed a payment in their 66-year history, the closure of the Fresh Grocer may call into question their ability to pay down the $249,410,000 in debt they’ve accrued over the past several decades.
Our full roundup:

Livingston Man Found Dead Inside Land Rover at Northfield Ave. Apartment Complex TAP into West Orange
West Orange Police and Prosecutor’s Office Identify Livingston Homicide Victim TAP into West Orange
Incoming Rutgers EOF Students Endure “Military Style” Ritual in Campus Parking Lot New Brunswick Today
New Brunswick Parking Authority Has Almost a Quarter Billion Dollars in Debt New Brunswick Today
Fate of Princeton Man, Released After Serving 38 Years in Prison, to Be Decided by NY Court Planet Princeton
A Fragile Thread (for Brendan Tevlin) TAP into Livingston
WHYY Special – Billion Mile Journey: The Cape May-Lewes Ferry WHYY
Local Tweens Raise Money for Tevlin Family TAP into Livingston
The Departure of the Camp Bus TAP into Livingston
Community Mourns Loss of Brendan Tevlin of Livingston Tap into Livingston
Community Rallies Around Family of Brendan Tevlin TAP into Livingston
West Essex Valedictorian Reminds Graduates to Never Forget Home TAP into West Essex
West Essex Salutatorian Addresses Need to Live with Heart and Soul TAP into West Essex
Potential DEVCO-NBPA Deal to Redevelop Ferren Deck Means Uncertain Future For Paterson St. New Brunswick Today
Body Found Next to New Brunswick Train Station New Brunswick Today
School Board Bans NBToday Print Edition From Their Meetings, Reverses Decision Days Later New Brunswick Today
We Can Work It Out News of Salem County
Mazzocchi to Run for BOE: Let’s Slow Down and Optimize The Village Green of Maplewood and South Orange
MMS Principal Truppo to Leave, Adding to Changes in District The Village Green of Maplewood and South Orange
Fortress. A poem Blogfinger
Is jazz losing its grip? Not so fast with the obit—- young musicians join a jazz giant in Asbury Park. Blogfinger
Ain’t We Got Fun?
Grandfather’s Camera Found–With Memories My Verona NJ
Advocacy Group Visits Lance’s Westfield Office to Urge Support for Gun Laws TAP into Westfield
Westfield Residents Fight to Preserve Historic Homes TAP into Westfield
Pop-Up Shop in Downtown Westfield to Celebrate NJ’s 350th Anniversary TAP into Westfield
Authorities Identify Body Found at NB Train Station as Missing 36-Year-Old Man New Brunswick Today
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