Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.
Hyperlocal doesn’t mean small news for New Jersey’s small town news sites.
This week we saw Point Pleasant Patch go beyond the headlines to focus on how people are picking up their lives after the devastating motel fire in Point Pleasant Beach where Sandy victims were living — and were victimized yet again. Hackettstown Patch covered a cocaine, heroin and gun bust. Midland Park Press published a message from the mother of a heroine victim.
Newark Now featured an interview with mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries. State of the Arts NJ debuted an 11-minute profile of the late poet Amiri Baraka, father of Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka.
New Jersey Jewish News wrote about how the New Jersey Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee came to the aid of a mosque in Morris County.
MercerMe.org‘s reporter sat through a painstakingly detailed board meeting to give readers the scoop on declining enrollment in the Hopewell Valley School District.
After New Brunswick Today sued the city to obtain jurisdiction maps for Rutgers and New Brunswick police, the site provides perspective on the announcement that the two departments will do joint patrols.
With warm weather coming (really, any day now), local sites are also stepping up their sports coverage. TAP Westfield has previews for boys’ and girls’ lacrosse. South Orange TAP writes about the Seton Hall women’s basketball team in the NIT tournament. Muckgers takes a close look at Rutgers University’s athletics budget.
Speaking of New Brunswick Today, NJ News Commons Director Debbie Galant will be a guest speaker at the local media site’s launch party on Sunday, March 29 in New Brunswick. Find out more about the event and register here.
Our full roundup this week:
Paterson Family seeks answers in Fairlawn recycling truck death Paterson Press
City Man Already In Custody Charged In Killing of Billy McCaw New Brunswick Today
Seton Hall Hosting Women’s NIT Game; Coach Purchases 250 Tickets to Give to StudentsSouth Orange TAP
Sayegh takes hundreds of dollars in contributions from developers Paterson Times
*Asterisked articles are available for reposting through the NJ News Commons Story Exchange.
Andrew Guadagnino, NJ News Commons intern, contributed to this report.