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Local Beat: Pain Pills, Parking Meters, and a New Principal

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

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 9.04.36 AMIn Franklin Township, Dr. Ali G. Mansour’s medical license has been revoked after charges surfaces alleging that Mansour had been prescribing “narcotic painkillers that put his patients at risk of addiction,” according to the Franklin Reporter & Advocate. The charges, released by the state Attorney General’s office, also accused Mansour of “continuing to prescribe increasing dosages to patients despite clear evidence that they were abusing drugs.”

In New Brunswick, embattled fire director Robert Rawls reportedly gave $500 to New Brunswick Mayor Jim Cahill’s campaign fund on the same day he struck three children in his city-owned SUV, reports Charlie Kratovil of New Brunswick Today. Rawls has been involved in at least twelve crashes during his eight years as Fire Director, including the most recent incident, which promted the city to revoke his on-the-clock driving privileges.

Cross-CountryIn, well, America, Brett Wilcox and his son David have been running for the past seven months in a cross-country effort to raise awareness of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the food supply, reports Matt Skoufalos of NJ Pen. The father-son duo started in Sitka, Alaska and ended their 2,937-mile journey in Ocean City, NJ on Saturday.

Cranford High School graduate John Piasseck got an opportunity to guest call a race at the Monmouth Park racetrack, according to Cranford Radio. Cranford Radio’s Bernie Wagenblast got a chance to sit down with the future Triple Crown announcer to discuss his interest in horse racing and calling. You can listen to the interview here.

In Morristown, commuters and residents alike could see parking meter rates double from $0.50 to $1.00 on January 1, 2015. The rate increase was introduced in a new proposal by the Morristown Parking Authority. The MPA says the increase is necessary to help repay the $35 million debt from the construction of new parking garages that spurred commercial and residential projects that were crucial to the city’s 20-year revival, reports Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green.

In South Plainfield, the Holy Savior Academy welcomed Kristen Kiernan as their new principal, according to Toya Rafei of TAP into South Plainfield. Kiernan replaced Melinda Hanlon on July 1 as the head of the kindergarten through eighth grade Catholic school.

S-Mtn-Dam-336x198After widespread opposition from local communities, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has advised against the building of a new dam in the South Mountain Reservation in Essex County. The damn was one of ten alternatives outlined in the Army Corps of Engineers’ Rahway River Basin Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study, which aimed to help stem frequent flooding in the Cranford area, reports Carolyn Maynard-Parisi of The Village Green.

 

Our full roundup:

Livingston Council Bans Smoking in Public Parks TAP into Livingston
Giants Camp Comes to Livingston Again TAP into Livingston
Saint Barnabas Medical Center Holds Teddy Bear Clinic for Children TAP into Livingston
Roseland Farmer’s Market Dedicated to Sustainability and Healthy Living TAP into West Essex
Caldwell University Promotes Acts of Service During Freshman Orientation TAP into West Essex
‘Sopranos’ Memorabilia Motorcycle for Sale TAP into West Essex
Rate increase, solar meters proposed for Morristown parking; first hike in 16 years Morristown Green
Morristown council approves Iron Bistro–with early last call Morristown Green
(Almost) Instant Replay: Audio from first Iron Bistro hearing, and a testimonial from blues ace Rob Paparozzi Morristown Green
Whole Foods in Morristown: a whole lot closer, but not quite there Morristown Green
You know the drill: Severe thunderstorms, flash floods possible for Morris Morristown Green
Millie’s in Morristown serves satisfying message: Hire a vet Morristown Green
Westfield Pit Bulls to be Euthanized After Deadly Attack TAP into Westfield
South Plainfield Football Club Unveils Tigeropoly TAP into South Plainfield
Tips for FLASH if the Power Goes Out TAP into South Plainfield
Holy Savior Academy Welcomes New Principal TAP into South Plainfield
My Son Pinocchio Jr. Performances July 30 & 31 Roselle Park News
Three-Day Forecast (July 21, 2014) Roselle Park News
Kyle Moroney Heads to Rowan University as a Two Sport Athlete TAP into South Plainfield
Embattled Fire Director Gave $500 Donation to Mayor’s Campaign on Same Day His City Vehicle Was Involved in Crash New Brunswick Today
Seniors Knitting is a Labor of Love TAP into South Plainfield
Ground Breaking Set for Library Addition on July 30, 2014 TAP into South Plainfield
Township Doctor’s License Revoked For Prescription Violations Franklin Reporter & Advocate
Downtown Groceries in Transit-Oriented Communities Could Be a Test Case for New Neighborhood Model in SJ NJ Pen
In Haddon Heights, a Question of Turning a Dry Town Wet NJ Pen
Father-Son Team Runs from CA to NJ for GMO Food Labeling Cause NJ Pen
Brick City Makers: Todd Nakamura builds bridge to Google from Newark Brick City Live
Book review: A native son assesses his city with ‘Inside Newark’ Brick City Live
Cranford’s John Piassek Calls Race at Monmouth Park Cranford Radio
Amid Flood of Opposition, South Mountain Dam Will Not Go Forward The Village Green
More Taxes? Expert Warns Hopewell Township of Risks of Not Preserving Land Mercer Me
Roemello Monroe Headed to Albright College on Football Scholarship TAP into South Plainfield
Podcast from hot liquor license meeting in Morristown, part 1 of 2 Morristown Green