Local Beat: Tech Startups, Teachers’ Salaries, and a Trip to the Past 


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

In Newark, Ester Surden of New Jersey Tech Weekly reported that the Brick City Development Corporation (BCDC), Capitol One Bank, and several local tech groups have come together to create Converge, a tech coworking space that will “provide tech entrepreneurs from Newark and other nearby towns [with] a place of their own.” Converge will also host events, hold classes, and serve as a location for local tech meet-ups.

Eldridge Hawkins JrThe Superior Court of Newark recently dismissed all remaining charges against the town of West Orange after former West Orange police officer and current mayoral candidate Eldridge Hawkins, Jr. filed a series of five lawsuits against the town, its mayor, and various city employees. The lawsuits, as reported by Cynthia Cumming of TAP into West Orange, alleged that the West Orange Police Department hired officers “with prejudicial reasons to the benefit of Irish males and detriment in particular of females, African-Americans and Italians.”

Reporting for New Brunswick Today, Dave Schatz gave us the rundown on the 3rd annual College Ave Mile, NJ’s only one-mile road race. The event brought over 400 top-tier adult runners and over 50 kids to New Brunswick from across New Jersey, as well as from Delaware and New York. According to race director and president of the Garden State Track Club, Chuck Schneekloth, this year marks “the first year it’s been on the USTF-NJ championship series, so that resulted in pretty much doubling the size, and almost every event record was broken.”

Pride Festival

The annual North Jersey Pride Festival took place this week, and Roger Ian Rosen of Barista Kids brought us coverage from the festival in the heart of Maplewood. Meanwhile, the Livingston High School Television Program (LTV) celebrated 30 years of broadcasting by holding a 13-hour telethon, which raised over $10,500 to support the program in the future, accoding to Danielle Santola of TAP into Livingston.

Teachers in Westfield are celebrating the end of months-long negotiations this week between the Westfield Board of Education and the Westfield Education Association, according to Alexandria Addesso of TAP into Westfield. The two sides have agreed to a three year contract that guarantees a two percent salary increase for each year of the contract, an extra professional day, and requires that teachers pay an additional 10 percent of their health insurance costs over the next three years, bringing the total required contribution to 20 percent.

Over at the Brick Farm Market in Hopewell, NJ, Mary Galioto of Mercer Me reported that the BFM received approval from the Hopewell Boro Planning Board to increase available seating at the award-winning farm-to-table market, increasing the capacity from 56 to a total of 134 available seats.

FM Radio Dial

Finally, Bernie Wagenblast of Cranford Radio has put together a really interesting reconstruction of what the NYC-area FM and AM radio stations might have sounded like in the 1960s and 1970s.




Our full roundup:

Power Outages, Master Plan, and Traffic Discussed at Montclair First Ward Community Meeting Baristanet*

City sets out to create Economic Development Department Paterson Times*

Ringwood woman charged in man’s death by heroin overdose NorthJersey.com

What sophomore jinx? Not at the Morristown High film fest Morristown Green*

Newark Takes Another Step Forward in Quest to Become Tech Hub NJ Tech Weekly*

NJ’s Only One-Mile Road Race Grows in Third Year on College Avenue New Brunswick Today*

Scenes From the North Jersey Pride Festival 2014 Barista Kids*

Livingston Council Votes to Have Beer Garden on July 4 TAP into Livingston*

The Alternative Press Rebrands as TAPinto.net, Begins Next Phase of Development, Expansion and Growth TAP into Livingston*

LHS TV Telethon Celebrates 30 Years of Success TAP into Livingston*

Westfield Asks Coldwater Creek to Make ‘Store Closing’ Signs Subtler TAP into Westfield*

Westfield Board of Education Approves Contract with Teachers and Faculty TAP into Westfield*

Westfield Named ‘One of New Jersey’s Coolest Places’ by Time Out New York TAP into Westfield*

Al Fresco at Brick Farm Market Will Be Twice as Nice Mercer Me*

A Scan of the NYC-Area FM Radio Dial in the 1960s & ’70s Cranford Radio*

30 Years of Westfield Students Gather for Photo with Retiring Teacher TAP into Westfield*

Animal Clinic and Hospital of Jersey City: A 60 Year Legacy of Love Jersey City Independent

Mosque Planned at Former Midland Park Church Property Northwest Bergen Press*

‘Nikhil’s Law’ Would Require Changes to New Jersey Driver’s Manuals TAP into West Orange*

Newark Judge Dismisses Remaining Lawsuits Against West Orange by Eldridge Hawkins, Jr. TAP into West Orange*

Councilman Questions Whether Borough Dropped the Ball on Liquid Assets in 2006 TAP into South Plainfield*

South Plainfield A&P Participates in Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Fundraiser TAP into South Plainfield*

South Plainfield’s Brandon Downes Helps Virginia Defeat Maryland to Advance to College World Series TAP into South Plainfield*

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