Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.
Being a local journalist involves a lot of paperwork.New Brunswick Today has filed suit against Rutgers University’s custodian of records and City Clerk for New Brunswick, both of whom refused to fulfill my Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request asking for copies of the maps used since 2010 that indicate the jurisdiction of the RUPD and NBPD.
In Paterson, Joe Malinconico of the Paterson Press used open public records requests to track down an off-line check to former mayor Jose Torres for unpaid vacation time — information that the city omitted in a report to the state.
Malinconico has been meticulously tracking the story of vacation pay for the Torres, who is running for the office of mayor again.
Potholes persist and local sites are trying to help. Manchester Patch and Westfield TAP are working with readers to plot local potholes, while Jersey Shore Hurricane News hopes to build a state-wide map.
A trio of disparate stories from Jersey City Independent gives readers an idea of the potential breadth of local reporting: reporting on Jersey City Medical Center at odds with its union, tracking problems for pregnant straphangers on PATH, and celebrating the first Jersey City beer-making supply store.
Finally, NJ State of the Arts filmed the celebration of renowned Princeton philanthropist, scholar and musician William H. Scheide’s 100th birthday this past January. The concert includes the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Westminster Choir and will be broadcast on PBS stations across the United States later this year.
Our full roundup:
While Paterson mayor, Torres ordered payment for unused vacation days Paterson Press
Radio recordings recount events leading up to fatal January shooting by Paterson cop Paterson Press
A Concert in Honor of William H. Scheide’s 100th Birthday State of the Arts NJ
NBToday Editor Sues Rutgers and New Brunswick for Secret Police Maps New Brunswick Today
Congressman Lance Addresses Bridgegate, Obamacare, and More in Interview with TAP TAP Westfield
Cranford Native New Head Baseball Coach at Rutgers Cranford Radio
Hudson County’s first beer-making supply store opened this week in Jersey City Jersey City Independent
A Hollywood finish: Singer rises from sickbed to lead band to victory in Morristown’s Got Talent! Morristown Green*
An attitude of status quo More Monmouth Musings*
*Asterisked articles are available for reposting through the NJ News Commons Story Exchange.
Andrew Guadagnino, NJ News Commons intern, contributed to this report.