Morristown's Memorial Day parade will be led by a banana car. Credit Liz O'Neill/Morristown Green

Local Police Grapple with Cows, Social Media Apps

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

Sometimes an animal story is irresistible. Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green found that to be the case this week as a cow ran away from its farm in Harding, forcing police in Morris Township and Morristown into a low-speed cow chase and ultimate roundup. See the pictures here.

Cliffview Pilot broke a more 21st century story: The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the FBI and at least two out-of-state police agencies partnered in tracking down a bomb threat to Ridgewood High School made on the social media app YikYak.com. Meanwhile, Westfield TAP reported that the Board of Education has voted to keep armed officers in the schools.

The Paterson Times reported that a company owned by the mayor’s bodyguard getting business during a snow emergency last winter.
Morristown's Memorial Day parade will be led by a banana car. Credit Liz O'Neill/Morristown Green

Morristown’s Memorial Day parade will be led by a banana car. Credit Liz O’Neill/Morristown Green

Editor Virginia Citrano says that sometimes the smallest stories become the biggest deals onMyVeronaNJ.com. There, a story about local Girl Scouts asking to march with Boy Scouts in the Memorial Day parade has gone viral.

West Orange TAP editor Cynthia Cumming says it was not a huge news week around West Orange, but that she was moved by the many prom photos that were submitted to her from families of West Orange School district students. “It is a representation of the 54 nationalities that comprise our township; and the amazing young people” of West Orange.

Elizabeth Inside Out reported that Westfield High School students were honored in the state’s “Prom, Alcohol Don’t Miix” campaign.

In more education-related local news, Jersey City Independent profiled a local dad who has created a groundbreaking television show Kids Teach Dads. And, we’re buried the lead: Brick City Live had the scoop on Mayor-Elect Ras Baraka’s new school plan for Newark.

West Orange High School students go to prom. Credit: Pete Ficuciello/West Orange TAP.

West Orange High School students go to prom. Credit: Pete Ficuciello/West Orange TAP.

Blogfinger reports that Ocean Grove plans to appeal a decision by FEMA, handed down on May 16, that it will not fund the rebuilding of a fishing peer because it is fully recreational, unlike the boardwalk, and falls under the rules of non-profit entities.

Finally, a number of NJ News Commons partners were recognized with NJ SPJ Excellence in Journalism awards. See the list here. Congratulations, all!

Our full roundup:

Runaway cow! Bovine bravado tests Finest in Morristown and Morris Township Morristown Green
Ridgewood HS secure after local boy makes weapon threat on popular app Cliffview Pilot*
Westfield Board of Ed Votes to Keep Armed Cop in Schools Westfield TAP
City hired mayor’s bodyguard’s company during snow emergency Paterson Times
Girl Scouts Seek To Change Memorial Day Parade Order MyVeronaNJ.com*
On May 24, everyone is Second Banana in Morris Plains Memorial Parade Morristown Green

West Orange High School Senior Prom Marks Milestone for Community West Orange TAP
Surprise! FEMA Denies Funding for the Fishing Pier. OGCMA is “Disappointed.” Blogfinger
Owing $1 Million to NBPA, New Brunswick FreshGrocer Closes After Just 18 Months in BusinessNew Brunswick Today
VIDEO: Amid Protests Over Pedestrian Crash, County Fast-tracks Proposed Changes to Livingston Avenue New Brunswick Today
Kids Teach Dad; Dad Makes Show: JC’s Kris Van Nest turns learning into compelling TV Jersey City IndependentLivingston BOE Talks Technology at Meeting Livingston TAP
Livingston’s Meredith Prescott to Hold Second Annual “Pump It Up For Platelets!” 5K Walk/Run at the Oval Livingston TAPAuthorities seek killer in shooting death of Elizabeth man Elizabeth Inside Out
Westfield HS students honored in ‘Proms, Alcohol Don’t Mix’ campaign Elizabeth Inside Out
Westfield Town Council Votes on Liquor Laws, Marijuana Dispensary Restrictions and MoreWestfield TAP
Brazilian immigrants in Newark wait for economic conditions to improve before returning homeBrick City LiveMayor-elect Baraka unveils “The Newark Promise: Excellent Neighborhood Public Schools for All” plan Brick City Live

*Asterisked articles are available for reposting through the NJ News Commons Story Exchange.