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Local Beat: Morristown imports ‘Safe Place’ program to protect gay community

Friday Apr 21, 2017  |  0 comments

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MORRISTOWN FIRST NJ TOWN TO IMPORT SEATTLE ‘SAFE PLACE’ PROGRAM TO PROTECT GAY COMMUNITY
The “Morristown Safe Place” program is based on a similar program in Seattle that guarantees a safe haven for LGBTQ people to wait for the police to arrive if they feel threatened. Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green says participating businesses will display a rainbow sticker on their doors to indicate that they are trained by police to assist LGBTQ individuals escape danger.

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Local Beat: Three CRDA board members take thousands in back pay, stipends

Friday Apr 14, 2017  |  0 comments

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THREE CRDA BOARD MEMBERS TAKE THOUSANDS IN BACK PAY, STIPENDS
As many in Atlantic City are facing pay cuts and layoffs under the state’s takeover, one state authority has paid its own board members thousands of dollars in back pay and salaries. Elinor Comlay of Route 40 says the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) in January and February paid out $65,500 to its chairman and two board members for their once-a-month board meetings at the Authority’s Atlantic City office.

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Local Beat: Clark woman dies following campus pancake eating contest

Friday Apr 07, 2017  |  0 comments

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CLARK WOMAN DIES FOLLOWING CAMPUS PANCAKE-EATING CONTEST
Caitlin Nelson was pronounced dead several days after choking during a campus pancake-eating contest at Sacred Heart University. Susan Bonnell of TAP into Clark says witnesses saw Nelson eat up to five pancakes before she collapsed to the floor and began shaking uncontrollably. Police were unable to resuscitate her by the time they arrived on the scene, calling her death “a tragic accident.”

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Local Beat: Morris Sheriff says sanctuary cities are ‘bad business’

Thursday Mar 30, 2017  |  0 comments

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MORRIS SHERIFF SAYS SANCTUARY CITIES ARE ‘BAD BUSINESS,’ OUTRAGE ENSUES 
Pro-immigrant activists crashed a Tea Party meeting at the county library in Whippany this week, just in time to hear Morris County Sheriff James Gannon proclaim that sanctuary cities are “bad business” and possibly illegal. Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green says the sheriff’s comments did not go over well.

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Local Beat: Gamifying the news with Samantha Bee and New Brunswick Today

Thursday Mar 23, 2017  |  0 comments

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GAMIFYING THE NEWS WITH SAMANTHA BEE AND NEW BRUNSWICK TODAY
Local reporter and adult “baby” Charlie Kratovil of New Brunswick Today appeared on last night’s episode of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee to talk about one potential solution to local journalism’s money problem: gamifying the news. Bee interviewed Kratovil about his work with NBT, and helped him launch a new lottery-style game to help increase subscriptions to his publication.

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Local Beat: Depending on Trump, Jersey City could lose $18.7M in federal funding

Thursday Mar 16, 2017  |  0 comments

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DEPENDING ON TRUMP, JERSEY CITY COULD LOSE $18.7M IN FEDERAL FUNDING
Jersey City could lose up to $18.7 million if President Donald Trump follows through with his promise to revoke federal funding from sanctuary cities. John Heinis of Hudson County View says that number represents slightly more than three percent of last year’s $553 million municipal budget, and he provides a breakdown of the nine areas that rely on federal funding.

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Local Beat: Plans under way for greenway connecting Jersey City with Phillipsburg

Thursday Feb 23, 2017  |  0 comments

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PLANS UNDER WAY FOR STATEWIDE GREENWAY CONNECTING JERSEY CITY WITH PHILLIPSBURG
There is an effort under way by the New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority to link recently developed properties along the route of the former Morris Canal to create a statewide greenway stretching from Jersey City to Phillipsburg. Jared Kofsky of Jersey Digs says the NJTPA recently announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) “to support development of a continuous greenway along the historic Morris Canal right-of-way.”

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Local Beat: Newark, A Love Story

Thursday Feb 16, 2017  |  0 comments

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NEWARK: A LOVE STORY
For Valentine’s Day, Andaiye Taylor of Brick City Live asked nine individuals and couples who love Newark to talk about the places that best capture their affection for New Jersey’s largest city. The photography and design of the piece are matched only by the power and emotion of the stories.

WHAT IS A SANCTUARY CITY AND HOW DOES IT AFFECT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?
Several New Jersey mayors and elected officials over the last week have signed orders creating or upholding sanctuary status for their cities, but many residents are unsure how such a designation might affect their neighborhood. The TAPinto Paterson staff put together a helpful guide that takes a closer look at what it means to be a sanctuary city.

MORRISTOWN OFFICIALS TELL IMMIGRANTS: YOU HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR FROM US
Morristown’s mayor and police chief told a crowd of nervous immigrants on Tuesday that they have nothing to fear from them. Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green says residents and immigration advocates asked the town council to declare Morristown a “Fair & Welcoming” place for immigrants with and without documentation.

WESTFIELD BOARD OF HEALTH CITES LOCAL SUBWAY FOR MULTIPLE VIOLATIONS
The Westfield Board of Health shared its January report on Monday, which contained an unsatisfactory rating issued to the local Subway sandwich shop. Michael Bruchert of TAPinto Westfield says that among the many violations cited was a lack of food safety knowledge or certification and a lack of hot water.

HIGH SCHOOL DIRECTOR’S $247K SALARY, SCHOOL VEHICLE RAISES QUESTIONS ON COMPENSATION
A director at the High Tech High School earns an annual salary of more than $247,000, was given his own school vehicle, and recently received a sick and vacation time payout of more than $15,000 last year. John Heinis of Hudson County View looked into the salary, as the director in question makes nearly $100,000 more annually than his peer directors.

SHANIQUE SPEIGHT TAPPED TO RUN IN 29TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
Democratic leaders in Newark have selected former school board member and Essex County sheriff’s officer Shanique Speight to be the Assembly candidate for the 29th Legislative District. Mark Bonamo of TAPinto Newark says Speight was nominated after party leaders voted 4-2 in her favor.

BARNEGAT FORMER POLICE CHIEF EXONERATED, RETIRES
Former Barnegat Police Chief Arthur Drexler was suspended without pay last year after he was accused of giving himself compensatory time in a way that the township believed violated his contract. Now, Chris Lundy of Micromedia Publications says Drexler’s status has been changed to a separation and retirement after an investigation determined that the incident was merely the result of a disagreement on how compensatory time could be given.

CHERRY HILL FAMILIES LAUNCH NON-DENOMINATIONAL CONGREGATION FOR JEWISH FAITH, CULTURE
A rabbi in Cherry Hill is trying to counteract the dwindling number of people who are members of the Jewish faith in his South Jersey tri-country area by launching a new congregation. Matt Skoufalos of NJ Pen reports that Rabbi Larry Sernovitz has joined forces with 15 families to found “Nafshenu,” a new congregation that is intended to be more responsive to the needs of Jewish people.

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Local Beat: Oaklyn Creek cleanup turns into early morning water rescue

Thursday Feb 09, 2017  |  0 comments

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OAKLYN CREEK CLEANUP TURNS INTO EARLY MORNING WATER RESCUE
When Oaklyn purchased its own Truxor amphibious vehicle a few years ago, it did so to help the borough control an overgrowth of aqueous plant life in Peters Creek without waiting for approval from the county government. But Matt Skoufalos of NJ Pen says the Truxor also played the part of a waterborne ambulance on Tuesday as part of a joint rescue effort from Oaklyn police, fire, and public works personnel that freed a man who was trapped waist-deep in the freezing churn.

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Local Beat: Auxiliary Catholic bishop of Newark assaulted during mass in cathedral

Thursday Feb 02, 2017  |  0 comments

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AUXILIARY CATHOLIC BISHOP OF NEWARK ASSAULTED DURING MASS IN CATHEDRAL
The Rev. Manuel A. Cruz, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, was offering opening prayers at Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart when a man approached the altar from the crowd and punched him in the face. Mark Bonamo of TAPinto Newark obtained video of the assault. Many Latinos in Newark came out in support of Rev. Cruz a day after the attack which, according to social media posts by the alleged assailant, appears to have been motivated in part by the treatment of African Americans in the United States. In a defiant first appearance at Essex County Superior Court, Charles Miller, who calls himself “The Fightin’ Preacher,” was charged with aggravated assault.

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Local Beat: Reopening of historic Hahne’s building a sign of the ‘new Newark’

Thursday Jan 26, 2017  |  0 comments

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REOPENING OF HISTORIC HAHNE’S BUILDING, WITH WHOLE FOODS, A SIGN OF THE NEW NEWARK
Mark Bonamo of NewarkInc reports on the reopening of the historic Hahne’s department store building in Newark, which was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting earlier this week. The building, opened in 1901, has been shuttered for the past three decades. Among the expected tenants in the mixed retail and residential complex is a highly-anticipated Whole Foods.

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