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Local Beat: New Jersey heads to D.C. for Women’s March on Washington

Thursday Jan 19, 2017  |  0 comments

Local Beat is the NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best reporting by community news sources.

NEW JERSEY HEADS TO DC FOR WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON
Men and women from all over New Jersey are flocking to Washington, D.C. this weekend for the Women’s March on Washington. Maureen Berzok of TAP into East Brunswick reports hundreds of people from East Brunswick and the surrounding area have signed up for the trip. Meanwhile, Georgette Gilmore of Baristanet sat down with several folks from Montclair to find out what joining the march means for them.

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Atlantic City’s Twilight Zone: What’s keeping the South Inlet empty?

Thursday Jan 12, 2017  |  0 comments

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TWILIGHT ZONE: WHAT’S KEEPING THE SOUTH INLET EMPTY?
Bill Sprouse of Route 40 takes a long-form look at the notorious South Inlet neighborhood in Atlantic City. Unlike other New Jersey localities, “Atlantic City is the only municipality in the state—out of 565 municipalities—that has to have its planning decisions looked at and reviewed by the governor’s authorities unit.”

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Local Beat: Best of 2016 from NJ News Commons

Thursday Dec 29, 2016  |  0 comments

Local Beat is the NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best reporting by community news sources. This week, we look back at some of the best local reporting from our partners in 2016.

NBPD CONFISCATES WATER METER FROM NEW BRUNSWICK TODAY OFFICE
The offices of New Brunswick Today earlier this month were raided by New Brunswick police executing a search warrant to seize a water meter that was reported stolen after the New Brunswick Water Utility saw the meter on a live broadcast of the New Brunswick Today Show. Charlie Kratovil of NBToday maintains that the water meter constitutes physical evidence and is part of the newspaper’s investigation of corruption at the water utility. The story has since spurred a range of discussions over the protections afforded to journalists in the course of performing newsgathering activities, as well as the nature of what constitutes sources and newsgathering materials under New Jersey’s shield law.

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Local Beat: West New York Mayor Felix Roque found not guilty in bribery trial

Thursday Dec 22, 2016  |  0 comments

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WEST NEW YORK MAYOR FELIX ROQUE FOUND NOT GUILTY OF COMMERCIAL BRIBERY
A jury found West New York Mayor Felix Roque not guilty of one count of commercial bribery. John Heinis of Hudson County View says Roque was acquitted at “approximately 4:40 p.m., just when it seemed all but certain the jury would need a day to sleep on it.” Heinis’ story includes a video showing reaction to the verdict and a video interview with Roque.

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Local Beat: Atlantic City demolitions climb, reach highest since financial crisis

Thursday Dec 15, 2016  |  0 comments

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ATLANTIC CITY DEMOLITIONS CLIMB, REACH HIGHEST SINCE FINANCIAL CRISIS
Atlantic City demolished 79 housing units through September, which Elinor Comlay at Route 40 reports is more than double the rate of demolition in any year since the financial crisis. Some of that demolition work has been private, perhaps hinting that more new construction could soon begin in the beleaguered city.

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Local Beat: Jazz in the key of Ellison

Thursday Dec 08, 2016  |  0 comments

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JAZZ IN THE KEY OF ELLISON
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center celebrated the great American writer Ralph Ellison with an evening of jazz music inspired by the author’s record collection, along with spoken word performances from his writings. State of the Arts NJ says the event was the brainchild of Don Katz, CEO of Audible.com, who studied with Ralph Ellison and considers him an important mentor.

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Local Beat: Exploring Camden County’s presidential write-ins

Thursday Nov 17, 2016  |  0 comments

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EXPLORING CAMDEN COUNTY’S PRESIDENTIAL WRITE-INS
For Joseph Russell of South Jerseyist, looking at the write-in report from the Camden County Board of Elections has become something of a tradition. This year is no different, although in some ways, it is.

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Local Beat: Two top Bayonne officials ‘not credible’ in employee layoff case

Thursday Nov 10, 2016  |  0 comments

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JUDGE: TWO TOP BAYONNE OFFICIALS ‘NOT CREDIBLE’ IN EMPLOYEE LAYOFF CASE
Two Bayonne officials have been deemed ‘not credible’ by an administrative law judge in a ruling that called for three laid off employees to get their jobs back. John Heinis of Hudson County View says the three former Bayonne municipal employees were laid off without receiving a memorandum announcing the change in policy that resulted in their dismissal. 

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Local Beat: Bayonne’s Bad Bet? High school, other city landmarks used in anti-casino ads

Thursday Nov 03, 2016  |  0 comments

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BAYONNE’S BAD BET? HIGH SCHOOL, OTHER CITY LANDMARKS USED IN ANTI-CASINO ADS
Several of the commercials used in the multimillion-dollar marketing campaign by the anti-casino group Trenton’s Bad Bet feature Bayonne schools and other landmarks. John Heinis of Hudson County View says a prominent consulting firm from Washington, D.C. appears to have paid $3,500 to the local Board of Education for permission to film inside Bayonne High School.

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Local Beat: Is this the beginning of the end for abandoned Essex County Jail?

Thursday Oct 27, 2016  |  0 comments

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IS THIS THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR ABANDONED ESSEX COUNTY JAIL?
The former Essex County Jail in Newark’s Central Ward has been closed for more than 45 years but it was never demolished, in part because it is listed on both the national and the New Jersey Register of Historic Places. But that could soon change. Jared Kofsky of Essex County Place says Rutgers Law School recently filed a petition to de-register the facility from both registers.

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Local Beat: Lights out at the Taj Mahal

Thursday Oct 20, 2016  |  0 comments

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LIGHTS OUT AT THE TAJ MAHAL
The Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City officially closed recently, but the slot machines are still blinking inside. Bill Sprouse of Route 40 takes us on a solemn tour of the shuttered resort.

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