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Sometimes local news can get big in a hurry.

Jersey Tomato Press and Barista Kids have been covering the leak of assessment tests created by the Montclair School District to measure students’ progress in the new Common Core curriculum.

Barista Kids has been tracking how the story — and the controversy surrounding the new testing and the superintendent who ordered it — was picked up by the NY Times and the Washington Post. Jersey Tomato Press is taking Barista Kids (and parent Baristanet) to task for linking to a video purportedly created by the hacking group.

Diane Lilli of Jersey Tomato Press wrote, “In a published video shared on local blog Baristanet and Barista Kids, Montclair’s vibe turned sour last night, becoming more Salem during the witch hunt days than diverse, arts friendly town.” (The video has since been removed from vimeo.)

Ocean Signal is running a photo gallery of downtown window paintings by Toms River High School South students. See link below.

Ocean Signal is running a photo gallery of downtown Halloween window paintings by Toms River High School South students. See link below.

The Montclair kerfuffle reminds us that not only is it time for Halloween, it’s time for school board elections. Local sites are covering that too, from a piece on “Five Questions About” a school referendum on MyVeronaNJ.com to five questions for (and answers from) a new school board candidate in South Orange-Maplewood.

After Patch put his town on a list of “least safe small towns” in New Jersey, one proud local son put fingers to keyboard to write this response — and ode — to Salem City for The News of Salem County.

Salem City, NJ: Does this look like one of the most dangerous towns in NJ? Credit: The News of Salem County

Salem City, NJ: Does this look like one of the most dangerous towns in NJ? Credit: The News of Salem County

And we can not let this week’s roundup of best local coverage go by without acknowledging the tremendous coverage local sites gave to the Sandy anniversary – as well as to Sandy recovery coverage for the past 360-some days. We link to a sampling of stories below.

Another commemoration is creeping up on us in a few weeks: The nation will mark 50 years since the JFK assassination on November 23. Morristown Green has the local angle.

Our full roundup:

Montclair: Welcome to the Salem witch trials! Connecting the Dots: Why video that is “anti-testing” in Montclair is front for “anti-superintendent” Jersey Tomato Press
UPDATE: Video Released to Barista Kids From Group Claiming to Have Leaked Montclair Assessments Barista Kids
Exclusive Interview with Newark Mayoral Candidate Darrin Sharif Newark Now
The Ocean Grove Boardwalk Lights Go On Again at the One Year Anniversary of Sandy.Blogfinger
In Surf City, The Lighter Side of Sandy’s Anniversary Barnegat-Manahawkin Patch
One Year After Sandy, Is South Orange Better Prepared? TAP South Orange
One Year After Sandy, Westfield has received Almost $1 Million in FEMA Aid TAP Westfield
Westfield’s Mayoral Candidates Face Off at Forum TAP Westfield
5 Questions About The School Referendum MyVeronaNJ.com*
Five Questions With BOE Candidate Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad South Orange Patch
Board of Education Debate Held With Only Two of Three Candidates West Orange TAP
Sea Bright: What They Learned from Sandy Red Bank Green*
Downtown Halloween Painting Tradition Continues with TRHS South Ocean Signal*
Eyewitness to Oswald killing to speak in Morristown Morristown Green*
The 10 Most Dangerous Small Towns In New Jersey Toms River Patch
An Open Letter in Regards to Salem City News of Salem County
Gov. Christie Stops in Hometown on Campaign Trail Livingston TAP
Lawrence Teacher Allegedly Threatened to Bring Gun to School, Shoot Students Lawrenceville Patch

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

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