Local Beat: Compassion, Creativity, and Construction Across New Jersey
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.
New Jersey’s local news was pleasantly upbeat this week.
Chris Manderioli of TAP Randolph tells us about a crowd of middle school students who flooded Freedom Park to hold a heartwarming “balloon release” ceremony to honor and say goodbye to their recently-deceased classmate.
The Northwest Bergen Press has a story about Kevin Gnehm and his battle to cope with paralysis in the wake of a motorcyle accident. Jill D’Ambrosio of TAP Westfield reports on a Giveforward.com fundraiser that received more than $34,800 in donations to help support the wife and daughtersof long-time Westfield resident John Clark, who died last month after suffereng two strokes.
The arts are also in full bloom across New Jersey as Morristown High School students will be finishing up their second annual student film festival on Friday. This year’s theme is “Red,” reports Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green. Newark Pulse has released its “Summer 2014 Guide to Newark Events,” Blogfinger.net invites us to enjoy Charles Pierre’s poem, “Spring at Ocean Grove,” and State of the Arts has a YouTube playlist of 100 videos entitled “Robert Smithson’s New Jersey,” throughout which Smithson explores his home state of New Jersey and “makes art out of it.”
In the lead-up to this week’s primary elections, Cynthia Cumming of TAP West Orange reported that several parents expressed concerns that using local schools as the location for polling centers places their children at a higher risk of becoming victims of school shootings. Also, an incumbent councilman in Elizabeth accused his opponent’s campaign of offering voters money, tricking them into filling out vote-by-mail applications, and asking them to help persuade others to do the same, according to Gerard DeMarco over at Elizabeth Inside Out.
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