SURVEILLANCE IMAGES: Courtesy FBI Newark Division

There’s a red-capped visitor in Union County, but he’s nothing like Santa. Elizabeth Inside Out has the story of a bank robber who has tapped multiple locations in the last few months — always wearing his signature cap.

SURVEILLANCE IMAGES: Courtesy FBI Newark Division

SURVEILLANCE IMAGES: Courtesy FBI Newark Division

Obamacare continues to make news on the big and small scale. The Patetson Times posted a story this past week about the school district cutting the hours of substitute teachers so as not to be compelled to provide them with healthcare — as mandated by the ACA. Meanwhile, Blogfinger continues its conversation about Obamacare down in Ocean Grove, where editor Paul Goldfinger, a cadiologist, is moderating a spirited discussion on the intricacies and impacts of the law.

A school intruder has made the news in more than one New Jersey town. When NBC’s Jeff Rossen attempted to gain access to several schools in New Jersey, he was unsuccessful in Livingston (as reported by Livingston TAP) but made his way into one elementary school in Maplewood (as reported by Maplewoodian and then Patch). The investigation, performed in the shadow of the one-year anniversary of the Newtown massacre aired on the Today Show on December 11.

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Two-year-old news site New Brunswick Today continues with its investigative reporting (aided by a grant from NJ News Commons): The site reports that Rutgers has finally released its Sandy report, confirming that problems with the city’s water system led to a mass evacuation of dorms. New Brunswick Today also continues to follow up on controversy involving fraudulent water quality reporting.

Finally, Morristown Green is getting lots of traffic from a holiday piece — featuring scenes of a scenic, snowy Morristown —  from locals and ex-Morristownians all across the country. “What’s cool is that all the photos were snapped with a smartphone,” writes editor Kevin Coughlin.

Our full roundup:

FBI confirms: Red-capped Elizabeth bank robber struck again in Fanwood Elizabeth Inside Out*

Obamacare Hotline @Blogfinger #3: People Being Helped by the ACA Blogfinger*
Obamacare Hotline @Blogfinger #4: Is Medicare analogous to the ACA Blogfinger*
Eight Months Late, Rutgers Releases Part of Secret Sandy Report New Brunswick Today
NBC Reporter Sparks School Safety Controversy Maplewood Patch
NBC Reporter’s Illegal Access to Tuscan School Sparks Safety Concerns, Special Meeting Maplewoodian
Milltown and Franklin Have Not Yet Notified Their Residents of Water Quality Violations New Brunswick Today

Hours cut for Substitute Teachers due to Obamacare Paterson Times

Helipad Opponents ‘Reignited’ by Overlook’s DOT Filing Summit Patch
Exhibit Sparks Students to Learn About World War II Atrocities TAP South Plainfield
Livingston ‘Did Everything Right’ When NBC Reporter Made Surprise School Safety Investigation Last Week TAP Livingston
Livingston and West Orange Locals and Residents to be Featured in Country Music Star’s Video TAP West Orange
Elizabeth police arrest 8 in deportation protest Elizabeth Inside Out
Westfield vs. Plainfield Voted Best Rivalry in Region in USA TODAY Competition TAP Westfield
Winding Down Resources in Berkeley, Elsewhere a Year After Sandy Berkeley Patch
Video: Snowfall in Morristown Morristown Green*

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

NJ News Commons’ intern Andrew Guadagnino, a senior Communications and Media Arts major at Montclair State University, contributed to this report.