Ellis Island is closed. You can’t buy a gun or get a federally insured mortgage. But your social security check is on the way.
Diane Lilli of Jersey Tomato Press posts about what is and isn’t affected by the U.S. government shutdown here. The one aspect of the shutdown that Lilli missed was this: 28 Nubian goats have been removed from Sandy Hook where they were eradicating poison ivy at the Gateway National Recreational Area. Yes, it’s baaa-d news. And Morristown Green reports more shutdown woes that will impact local wedding planners and couples here.
In other news, Christie’s AG is moving forward with an appeal of Judge Mary Jacobson’s ruling on marriage equality. Marriage equality also takes center stage in Ocean Grove, where there is a sizable gay community and lingering resentments over a gay civil ceremony back in 2007.
NJ Spotlight has three — yes, three — stories on health care on this day which marks the opening of ACA marketplaces. Plus, Spotlight has a really terrific story on how NJ schools are still struggling to recover from the recession.
Our full roundup:
The JerseyTomatoPress Guide to a Government Shut-Down Jersey Tomato Press*
Poison ivy-eating goats removed ahead of shutdown Asbury Park Press
The Shutdown: Who Would be Affected and How WNYC
Wedding parties, take note: Morristown National Historical Park preparing for shutdown Morristown Green*
New Jersey Supreme Court Told Same-Sex Marriage Appeal on Way Bloomberg Businessweek
Opinion: Look Past Premiums to See How Health Insurance Will Change in 2014 NJ Spotlight*
NJ Schools Not Fully Recovered from Recession NJ Spotlight*
Gay Marriage in the Spotlight at the HOA Candidates’ Day in Ocean Grove Blogfinger
NY Times analysis: Patients’ options restricted as a result of ACA Blogfinger
Obamacare marketplaces roll out this week, but for whom? NewsWorks*
Website for ‘Affordable Care Act’ frustrating users The Record
Christie uses D.C. stalemate to draw a contrast Philadelphia Inquirer
Needy N.J. children find easier access to school breakfast Philadelphia Inquirer
NJ Dems Urge State Supreme Court to Take Up Gay Marriage WNYC
Merck announcement to leave Summit shocks mayor Independent Press/NJ.com*
‘Impact of Merck Leaving Will Be Felt Throughout Summit,’ Mayor Says Summit Patch
Vandals Scratch Swastika, Slash Tires On 12 Cars In Toms River Toms River Patch
Hazardous materials probed in South Jersey town Courier-Post
- WHYY now enrolling for a free Oct. 5 community journalism workshop in Toms River (Limited space!) NewsWorks*
- On Friday, October 11, from Deborah Smith of JerseyBites.com will lead the training session“Intermediate Social Media for News Sites.” The workshop takes place on the Montclair State University campus in Schmitt Hall, Room 311 from 3-6 p.m. Register here.
- Are You a Local News Publisher? You Should Probably Know About the LION Conference in October Broadstreet*
*Asterisks are available for reposting through the NJ News Commons Story Exchange.