Local Beat: Lights, camera, action!


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

The videos came pouring in this week. First up, Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green published an article on Jens and Erwin Velasquez, otherwise known as the “VeeBros.” The VeeBros are a renowned competitive frisbee duo who were recently inducted into to the International Frisbee and USA Guts Hall of Fame. RJ Meyer, a student at Morristown High School, made this video about the freestyle frisbee legends.

LakewoodScoopOspreyOver the weekend, the Lakewood Police Department responded to a call about a large bird hanging upside down from a tree, which turned out to be an osprey, or sea hawk. Luckily, the Lakewood Scoop was on the scene with cameras rolling. The bird was brought down from the tree successfully, but had to be transferred to specialist in Toms River due to an injury it sustained while suspended.

In Westfield, the women’s cycling group HbW is gaining some serious traction, with over 200 members from all over northern and central Jersey, and even some from New York. The group was started by Westfield mom Lisa Braddock, in conjunction with Hilltop Cycles, reports Jackie Lieberman of TAP into Westfield. Hilltop Cycles released a video to promote the cycling group, which you can watch here.

NJ Arts News released a short follow-up clip from their “Words Matter” radio project series, which includes informative discussions with leaders in academia.

South Jersyist put together a really interesting personal account of why New Jerseyans seem to crave the hustle and bustle of urban life when we vacation at places like the Jersey Shore, despite our tendency to live in sprawling suburbs. Meanwhile, Matt Skoufalos of NJ Pen reports that residents in Haddon Township are pushing back against a new urban planning proposal that would alter many elements of that urbanity.


Our full roundup:

A Spiritual Journey: Morristown man and his brother enshrined as Frisbee legends Morristown Green
Man found dead in Elizabeth motel room Elizabeth Inside Out
VIDEO & PHOTOS: Lakewood Police Officer & Firefighters Rescue Osprey Tangled in Tree The Lakewood Scoop
Voting with our feet: South Jerseyans choose urban density year after year, even if they don’t realize it South Jerseyist
The Many Lives of Eric13 NJ Pen
Haddon Twp. Residents Push Back Against Revised Town Center Plan NJ Pen
Westfield Mom Leads Fast-Growing Women’s Cycling Group TAP into Westfield
Westfield Farmer’s Market Opens for 2014 TAP into Westfield
A superhero now patrols Camden Philly.com
No Candidates Yet as Deadline for Westfield Board of Ed Election Looms TAP into Westfield
Breslau: “The Music Scene in South Plainfield Has Always Been Extremely Important To Me” TAP into South Plainfield
Higher Ed. Leaders Link News Media, Civics and Good Citizenship Three NJ academic leaders draw connections between the quality and depth of our “news,” and our success as a democracy. NJ Arts News
Jury Selection Begins on Monday in Dornick’s Sexual Exploitation Trial TAP into South Plainfield


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