Local Beat: Raising Money, Rising Stars, and Responsible Living


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

runnersIn Westfield, runners from 226 towns across New Jersey took to the streets in the face of a thunderstorm to participate in the 13th annual Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza, reports Jackie Lieberman of TAP into Westfield. The proceeds from the race will be used to improve Westfield’s streetscape with new steetlights, crosswalks, landscaping, and sidewalks.

Two volunteers from Morristown are concerned that the recent Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone will have a negative effect on their relief efforts in the country, according to Marie Pfeifer of Morristown Green. Last week, the World Health Organization reported 964 suspected, probable, and confirmed cases of the disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The surge marks a 14 percent increase from the previous week. ebola-in-guineaMorristown residents Alan Chorun and Tom Johnson are worried that the people of Sierra Leone are not taking the outbreak seriously, and many don’t believe in taking preventative medications. Some even believe the outbreak is simply a political plot by those in power, according to Chorun. Chorun says he intends to use the local health center as a venue for educational sessions to educate the villagers.

In West Orange, Nerissa Santa Cruz is a fifteen-year-old sophomore at West Orange High School, she volunteers at the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry, and she’s also a top-tier competitive swimmer, reports Cynthia Cumming of TAP into West Orange. Cruz will be heading to Indiana University in July to compete in the 2014 YMCA Long Course National Championships, where she will be competing in the 100 Meter Butterfly. Nerissa and her brother, Nick, train at the Montclair YMCA.

pasteleIn Livingston, Brittany Dippold’s band, Pastele, managed to make it to place fifth on VH1’s show, “Make a Band Famous.” Dippold graduated from Livingston High School in 2009, but she has been performing since she was in elementary school, reports Danielle Santola of TAP into Livingston. Dippold founded the female pop group, Candy Coated Chaos, at the age of twelve. By the time she was fourteen, the group was signed by Neutone Records. Their first single charted and played on the radio in Germany. By the age of sixteen, the group’s music appeared on popular MTV shows like “The Hills,” “Jersey Shore,” and “The City.”

Residents in Brooklyn, Jersey City, Hoboken, and other high-rent areas are starting to migrate to more spacious and affordable apartments in places like Newark, reports Andaiye Taylor of Brick City Live. Newark continues to welcome new retailers and developers, while the rents in cities like Hoboken and Jersey City continue to rise well above the market price. This has prompted a surge in the number of so-called “price refugees.” For some, the move will allow them to enjoy additional living space at a more reasonable price, often with very little change in their daily commute.

roselandIn Roseland, sustainability and healthy living is all the buzz, reports Jenny Shannon of TAP into West Essex. This year, the Roseland Farmer’s Market is celebrating its fourth season of providing fresh produce, baked goods, prepared foods, and other hand crafted items, all furnished by small businesses, farmers, artisans, and other local establishments.


Our full roundup:

Olano Headed to University of Richmond in the Fall TAP into South Plainfield
Storm Doesn’t Stop Downtown Westfield’s Pizza Run; Thousands turn out for annual tradition of running, pizza, prizes and entertainment TAP into Westfield
16-Year-Old Struck By Car Roselle Park News
Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has two Morristown volunteers watching, waiting Morristown Green
August Due Date On Property Tax Bill Incorrect Roselle Park News
Residents Can Spay/Neuter Their Pit Bull Terriers For $20 In August Roselle Park News
Sherman School Boiler Contract To Be Awarded At Next BOE Meeting Roselle Park News
Viral Video Taken in Westfield Catapults Local Umpire to Fame TAP into Westfield
West Orange Teen Heading to YMCA Swimming Nationals TAP into West Orange
South Plainfield Labor Day Parade will be a Winter Wonderland TAP into South Plainfield
Safety Town Teaches Valuable Skills TAP into South Plainfield
Battle Over Proposed West Orange Quick Chek Continues During Special Session of Zoning Board TAP into West Orange
Tailender Memberships Available at West Orange Ginny Duenkel Pool TAP into West Orange
The Jews Keep on Running TAP into Livingston
New residential development downtown Newark attracts ‘price refugees’ from the region [Video] Brick City Live
West Essex Kiwanis Special Playground Dedication TAP into West Essex
Interview with Livingston Native and App Creator, Michael Nusbaum TAP into Livingston
$376,000 Winning Lottery Ticket Purchased at Livingston 7-Eleven TAP into Livington
Personal Interview with Livingston Resident and Congressional Candidate, Mark Dunec TAP into Livingston
Giants Camp Comes to Livingston Again TAP into Livingston
Victim of Fatal Fire in Essex Fells Identified TAP into West Essex
Mac ‘N Cheese Wars Bring Comfort Food to Local Families TAP into West Essex
Roseland Farmer’s Market Dedicated to Sustainability and Healthy Living TAP into West Essex
Petition Created Concerning Local Animal Shelter TAP into West Essex
Chamber Spotlight on Laura Lee and Eye Level Livingston TAP into Livingston
Local Band Pastele Places 5th on VH1’s “Make A Band Famous” TAP into Livingston
Ninth Annual Write On Sports Camp Held at Montclair State University for Sixth and Seventh Graders TAP into West Orange
West Orange Police to Conduct ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Checkpoints Beginning Aug. 15 TAP into West Orange
Invasive plants removed from Lake Hiohela MercerMe
It’s Hip to Bee Triangle: Ecological Art by FoHVOS Mercer Me
Five Residents File To Run For Three BOE Seats Roselle Park News
Lords of Liechtenstein and Jean Rohe, local favorites, get shot at folk fame at Falcon Ridge Morristown Green
Manburger in Bearadise: Singer Carla Ulbrich takes Stephen Colbert’s challenge Morristown Green
The Many Mills of the Lawrence Brook Old Jersey
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