Morristown's Memorial Day parade will be led by a banana car. Credit Liz O'Neill/Morristown Green

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

Sometimes an animal story is irresistible. Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green found that to be the case this week as a cow ran away from its farm in Harding, forcing police in Morris Township and Morristown into a low-speed cow chase and ultimate roundup. See the pictures here.

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

Elections for mayors in five major New Jersey cities this past week brought out some of the best in local media.

Insider angles on the Newark mayoral race were provided by WBGO News, including a broadcast of the testy final debate between Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries, and Brick City Live, which provided a live feed of media coverage on election day and a roundup of responses to Ras Baraka’s victoryGlocally Newark provided a breakout of results across all city races and wards.

The Paterson PressThe Paterson Times, and Reporte Hispano provided 360-degree coverage of the mayor and council races in Paterson, where a former mayor defeated a current mayor — with Reporte Hispano providing coverage for Spanish-speaking voters. (more…)

New Brunswick Today profiles local artist Sam Romero. Credit: Sam Romero

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey. This week we’re pushing the hashtag #40best to collect examples of excellent in local news.

Not everyone gets the importance and seriousness of local news coverage.

Social media favorite Buzzfeed is running a piece called 40 Reasons Local News is the Best News — a fun collection of weird and wacky local news.

While we appreciate Buzzfeed’s upbeat headline, we know that local news outlets in and outside New Jersey are producing excellent journalism — not just nut job stories. (more…)

Marathoners in Ocean Grove, NJ. April 27, 2014. Credit: Paul Goldfinger.

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

The mayoral race isn’t the only game in town in Newark: Newark Now profiles assemblyman Wilfredo Caraballo who is running for Council at Large. In the engaging video, Caraballo discusses his calls for school superintendent Cami Anderson to apologize or resign, and his proposal for new legislation that would create a public advocate in Newark City Hall. (more…)

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

Local media are not only keeping an eye on elected officials and civic leaders in New Jersey’s 565 municipalities and 21 county governments — they’re watching the bigger media outlets as well.Art Gallagher of More Monmouth Musings noticed a quote by Patrick Murray of Monmouth University in an NJ Spotlight story by Mark Magyar that seemed to predict the results of his next poll before it had even been taken:

Murray said he expected to see similar results in his next Monmouth Poll. “It will be negative. This is not going to be positive,” Murray stated emphatically, asserting that the controversy over the Mastro report clearly resonated with voters.  (more…)

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

 

Local news reporting is keeping Jerry DeMarco at Cliffview Pilot sleep-deprived. DeMarco tells us that in one 18-hour span from Tuesday to Wednesday, he “nailed three major Bergen scoops that are being followed all around.”It began with “No leads in search for missing Ridgefield girl, 13“; followed by “Five firefighters, homeowner injured in Montvale deck collapse” and ended with “Sexually explicit’ remark to young-looking woman leads to arrest in Leonia luring attempts.” (more…)

Flying glass from this window injured a Garfield firefighter. Credit: CliffviewPIlot/Garfield PD

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

Politics, crime, activism and the arts filled local news sites throughout New Jersey this week.On the activism front, Brick City Live touted a hyperlocal social network in Newark that is creating a sense of community in neighborhoods. West Orange TAP reported on local parents of special education students observing Autism Awareness Month. Maplewood TAP covered a community forum held by a new organization of parents concerned about equality for Black students in the South Orange-Maplewood school district. (more…)

Betty Wardell sifts through plastic bags and bins to see what she can salvage Credit: Patricia Miller/Patch

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

Hyperlocal doesn’t mean small news for New Jersey’s small town news sites.

This week we saw Point Pleasant Patch go beyond the headlines to focus on how people are picking up their lives after the devastating motel fire in Point Pleasant Beach where Sandy victims were living — and were victimized yet again. Hackettstown Patch covered a cocaine, heroin and gun bust. Midland Park Press published a message from the mother of a heroine victim.

Newark Now featured an interview with mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries. State of the Arts NJ debuted an 11-minute profile of the late poet Amiri Baraka, father of Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka. (more…)

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A network of hyperlocal news sites that began in New Jersey is expanding to Pennsylvania.

On Monday, March 24, The Alternative Press announced that it had launched a site in Lower Providence, PA with a franchise by former Patch Regional Editor and Lower Providence resident, Melissa Treacy. (more…)

Ben Lesser, investigative reporter and trainer. Credit: Debbie Galant/NJ News Commons

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

On Planet Princeton this week, editor Krystal Knapp reported the story that a Drexel student who died of meningitis had the same strain of the disease as the Princeton outbreak and had mingled with Princeton football players at a Drexel mixer. The story was picked up by The Trentonian.

Knapp got the scoop by attending a meeting at which the Princeton Health Officer reported to the Princeton Health Commission — a service that local outlets provide as larger media outlets cut back on local reporting. (more…)

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

As New Jersey progresses into spring, more town, county and school district budget stories are making headlines.Most budgets are a source of angst. Red Bank Green reports that a reduction in the state-mandated amount that towns must allocate to public libraries has caused layoffs — and subsequent outrage — in Red Bank.  (more…)