Steve Sacco, Newark Now

Local Beat: Newark Rising — and Blossoming

About a year ago, Derek Ware took over the dormant Glocally Newark site. In the ensuing months he’s been building the site back up, creating an archive of good news about Newark, particularly Brick City’s arts scene.

Lately, Ware and Glocally Newark have been more aggressively delving into deeper topics. Glocally Newark closely covered Newark Tech Week earlier this month. And currently, the site is running a series on the auction of city-owned properties by the Newark Department of Economic and Housing Development. Glocally Newark reports that there was a “new sense of excitement and anticipation of opportunities” at the latest property auction. Read the stories here and here.

Meanwhile, on his Newark Now blog, Steve Sacco has been documenting the blooming of Branch Brook Park’s 3,000 cherry trees — from the opening of the first bloom through the height of the blossoms. Visit his photo gallery here.

Steve Sacco, Newark Now

Steve Sacco, Newark Now

Data journalism is alive and well in Brick, NJ where Daniel Nee, local editor of Brick Patch, has created a regular column titled, “Brick by the Numbers.” The self-described purpose of the column is “analyzing the statistics that make up life in Brick Township using public records.” Most recently, Nee posted a column looking at the number of residents who have filed to raise their houses to avoid higher flood insurance premiums. Past stories include analyses of the safety of school buses, college readiness, and lifeguard rescues.

On the Sandy front, Jersey Tomato Press has a heartfelt and well-researched editorial on the potential use of eminent domain to replenish beaches in Mantoloking. And Ocean County Signal has the preliminary report on an effort to build the world’s tallest sandcastle in Point Pleasant — with money raised by the effort going to victims of Sandy.

On MyVeronaNJ, Virginia Citrano reports that her reporting has had an impact on the release of information by the township: “For several years, the town manager has been telling people in Verona that the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes deal he brokered on a new apartment complex will bring Verona more than $1 million in revenue [per annum]. Last year, only $328K in revenue from the complex was credited to the town’s budget, which raised some eyebrows. At my urging, Town Council finally got the spreadsheets. We will get more than $1M: In 2029.” Read the story here.

Jersey City Independent aggregated a story on local resident and Woodstock legend Richie Havens’ passing on Tuesday, while State of the Arts reposted its 1999 video of a Havens performance and interview.

Newark City Auction Gives Clues to Recovery in Housing Sector Glocally Newark
Auction’s Up: The Infographic Tales of a First Time Bidder Glocally Newark
Celebrate Newark’s Cherry Blossomfest!!! Newark Now
Students Have Plenty Of Computer Access At Newark Schools Newark Patch
With Funding Scarce, Few in Brick Apply to Raise Houses Brick Patch
Former Livingston HS Graduate Wins Seat at Student Academy Awards Livingston Alternative Press
What You Need To Know About The PILOT MyVeronaNJ
Video: ‘Don’t look!’ Morristown runner recounts brush with death at Boston Marathon Morristown Green
Cory Booker Visits Westfield to Endorse Dave Haas for Mayor Westfield Alternative Press
Eminent Domain and Mantoloking: A personal take on a borough issue The Jersey Tomato Press
Jarrett’s Castle Continues to Reach for the Record Books Ocean County Signal
Folk Singer and Jersey City Resident Richie Havens Dies at 72 Jersey City Independent
Richie Havens, “Paradise” on State of the Arts (1999) State of the Arts

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