Local Beat: Cops, Kids, and a Piece of History


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

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 8.50.46 AMRipples from Ferguson, MO continue to be felt in New Jersey. Bill Bowman of the Franklin Reporter & Advocate shows us that not all police departments are as gun-hungry as the stereotype dictates. In fact, not one local department in all of Somerset County has surplus military equipment.

With school right around the corner, Carolyn Maynard-Parisi of The Village Green sat down with South Orange Middle School (SOMS) Principal Joseph Uglialoro for some tips on “How to Succeed in Middle School: By Really Trying!

Westfield HSMeanwhile, Jill D’Ambrosio of TAP into Westfield reports on the implementation of Janet’s Law, which will go into effect on September 1. Janet’s Law is named in memory of Janet Zilinski, an 11-year-old who died of sudden cardiac arrest following a cheerleading squad practice. The law requires that all public K-12 schools in New Jersey be equipped with an automated external defibrillator (AED). Schools must also establish a plan for dealing with sudden cardiac events in case of an emergency.

After Hopewell Valley experienced three separate instances of vandalism to their iconic oxen statues between August 7 and August 18, Mary Galiato of Mercer Me decided to use the incidents as a teaching moment for her 6-year-old daughter. Click here to watch a video of her reaction, including her advice on how to prevent additional crimes in the future.

OxenFinally, Elijah Reiss of Old Jersey and Matt Skoufalous of NJ Pen brought us up close and personal with two historic buildings. Both buildings are dilapidated and falling apart, but unlike the abandoned farm house in East Brunswick, the Westmont Theatre in Westmont, NJ will eventually be getting a makeover – even though it’s being turned into a Planet Fitness.

Our full roundup:

Westfield’s Wychwood Residents Call For Gate House to be Preserved After Fire TAP into Westfield
Mayor Robert Parisi Invites West Orange Residents To Participate In ALS Ice Bucket Challenge TAP into West Orange
Nautical Playground Opens in West Orange to Rave Reviews TAP into West Orange
New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Files Complaint Against ‘As Seen on TV’ Company TAP into West Orange
Livingston Ranked in New Jersey Monthly’s Top 20 List TAP into Livingston
Ali Muhammad Brown Charged In Fourth Murder; Claims Killings Were “Just” TAP into Livingston
Blues Upset Lightning in Street Hockey Championship Game 5-4 TAP into Livingston
Livingston Resident Robert Simon Competes on Spike TV’s “Frankenfood” TAP into Livingston
Caldwell Resident Competes in Pillsbury Bake-Off TAP into West Essex
James Caldwell High School, Glen Ridge and Mount St. Dominic Academy Team Together to Help Raise Funds for Wounded Warriors Project TAP into West Essex
Local Law Enforcement Offer Lessons from the Ferguson Riots NJ Pen
Guy Moretti named Honorary Grand Marshal in Labor Day Parade TAP into South Plainfield
How the Historic Westmont Theatre Became a Planet Fitness NJ Pen
Westfield Schools Prepared When Janet’s Law Takes Effect Sept. 1 TAP into Westfield
Prostitute Worked Out of House on Westfield Ave., Cops Say TAP into Westfield
Is more Carl Dranoff on the way for the Camden Waterfront? South Jerseyist
Westfield Resident Champions Women Trapped in Forced Marriages TAP into Westfield
Oxen Vandalism in the Eyes of a Child Mercer Me
Greater Morristown mourns cyclist, killed in accident Morristown Green
Red Bank: Is This A ‘Great’ Downtown? Red Bank Green
Police Chief: No Need For Surplus Military Equipment In Township Franklin Reporter & Advocate
Uptown Girl Blogfinger
Johnny Mathis triumphs in the Great Auditorium Blogfinger
Able Baker Julie is Back to Keep SOMA Happy, One Scone at a Time The Village Green
Taking Helm of Columbia High School, Aaron Exults: ‘It’s All Here.’ The Village Green
Four SHU Students Robbed at Gunpoint, One is Pistol Whipped The Village Green
How to Succeed in Middle School: By Really Trying! The Village Green
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