Super Bowl Looming Large for Small Towns

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The Jets and Giants may be nowhere in sight, but New Jersey local media are suiting up for the Super Bowl, to be played in East Rutherford on Sunday, Feb. 2.

Not that you would KNOW that the Super Bowl is being held in New Jersey — advertisers and sportscasters keep referring to the New York game. NJ Spotlight chronicles the local discontent felt by New Jersey leaders. Meanwhile, the Jersey City Independent is still jazzed about the event, noting that both teams are staying in Jersey City hotels and the city is hosting a few football-themed events in the week preceding the big game.

And then there’s the food. Anthony Ewing of EthnicNJ is promoting ethnic dining in North Jersey to Super Bowl attendees — and others — with a listing and interactive map.

Courtesy of Anthony Ewing/EthnicNJ

Courtesy of Anthony Ewing/EthnicNJ

(Want to hear more about how NJ media are covering the Super Bowl? Listen to NJ News Commons’ podcast “Super Bowl, Super Story?” here.)

On the local arts beat, Susan Wallner has produced a new State of the Arts video, available online and airing on NJTV and WHYY on Sunday, Jan. 26, about legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie’s time at Greystone Park State Psychiatric Hospital in Morris Plains. “Guthrie at Greystone” touches on the fact that the abandoned hospital’s historic Civil War-era buildings — where the “Dust Bowl Troubadour” spent 5 years — are slated for demolition shortly.

At Cranford Radio, Bernie Wagenblast is celebrating the fact that his three-part interview with news radio 880 traffic helicopter reporter Tom Kaminski is “my most popular story in the short history of Cranford Radio and also marked my first collaboration with another NJ News Commons member, WMSC.”

And finally, a weather-related story: Blogfinger reports a local regulation is having consequences for public safety. Three hotels and condos in Ocean Grove — where fire-suppressant sprinkler systems are mandated to have sprinkler heads placed on the exterior — have experienced freezing followed by burst pipes in said systems.

Our full roundup:

New Jersey’s Super Bowl Food Guide Ethnic NJ
City Getting Super: From Fireworks to Fashion, Jersey City gears up for Super Bowl XLVIII Jersey City Independent 
Super Bowl MIght Prove to Be Not-So-Super for New Jersey NJ Spotlight*
Westfield, Fanwood Commuters to Experience Possible Delays and Overcrowding on Trains Around Super Bowl Sunday TAP Westfield
Is Hudson County’s Ambulance Chasing A Case of ‘Show Me the Money?’ Jersey City Independent
Help Samantha Futerman Finish Her Movie My Verona NJ 
TAP Livingston Athlete of the Week: Khalil Garnes TAP Livingston
West Orange Teen Wins Nash-FM Contest to Attend Taylor Swift Concert in Australia TAP West Orange
Kaplan Narrowly Approved For Judgeship, Despite Questions on Corrupt Sheriff, Racial Slur Incident New Brunswick Today
29 Months After Indictment, Sheriff Suspends Five More Officers For Bribing Her Predecessor New Brunswick Today
Of 61 City Employees Paid Six-Figure Salaries, Only One is a Woman New Brunswick Today
A Poet Ponders Montclair Art Museum’s century of art Jersey Jersey Tomato Press
Guthrie at Greystone State of the Arts NJ
Trenton’s Art All Night Packs 20,000 New Jersey Arts News
Cranford’s Tom Kaminski: WCBS Newsradio 880 Helicopter Traffic Reporter Cranford Radio
Solvay Spokesman: Paulsboro Cleanup Doesn’t Affect West Deptford Homes West Deptford Patch
County Didn’t Salt, Clear Beaver Dam Bridge Before Fatal Crash, Police Say Brick Patch

Hang Onto Your Sprinkler System—It May Explode in Polar Vortex II Blogfinger


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

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

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