Local Beat: Allegations from fired bus driver led to investigation of Brick superintendent

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DOCUMENT: ALLEGATIONS FROM FIRED BUS DRIVER LED TO INVESTIGATION OF BRICK SUPERINTENDENT
A document produced by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office shows that an investigation into the suspended Brick superintendent was initiated after a bus driver left a child on the bus, lost her job, and went on to provide information about the case to the mayor, reports Daniel Nee of Shorebeat.

AFTER CONTROVERSIAL BAYONNE VOTE, ZIMMER SAYS MOSQUE WELCOME IN HOBOKEN
A proposal for a Muslim community center was shot down this week after a contentious five-and-a-half hour meeting of the Bayonne Zoning Board of Adjustment, a decision that drew national headlines and outrage from advocates. But John Heinis of Hudson County View says Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer has stepped in to say that a mosque would be welcome in the neighboring Mile Square City.

WHOLE FOODS OPENS WITH A BANG AMID NEWARK’S BOOM
A new Whole Foods market has opened in downtown Newark amid an ongoing economic boom in New Jersey’s largest city. Mark Bonamo of TAP into Newark says the opening of the upscale market is also “something of a positive affirmation for Newark,” which saw large scale flight of its middle class residents in the wake of the 1967 rebellion.

CHERRY HILL TO WELCOME TESLA DEALERSHIP, SERVICE CENTER BY YEAR’S END
The Cherry Hill township planning board on Monday approved plans for Tesla Motors to open its first dealership in South Jersey. Matt Skoufalos of NJ Pen says the location will be the fourth in the state, although Tesla only has five charging and supercharging stations in New Jersey.

HARD ROCK COULD BE JUST WHAT ATLANTIC CITY NEEDS
Many experts believe the purchase of the Taj Mahal casino by Hard Rock will have a big impact on Atlantic City’s economy. Tom Bergeron of NJBIZ says Hard Rock is expected to invest up to $300 million in the property and employ thousands of people.

WESTFIELD SCHOOLS PREPARE TO HELP STUDENTS AFTER FRESHMAN’S SUDDEN DEATH
Hundreds gathered outside Westfield High School on Sunday night at a vigil for 13-year-old Theresa DiFalco, who was struck and killed by a vehicle driven by an off-duty state trooper over the weekend. Jackie Lieberman of TAP into Westfield says the school principal sent a letter to the parents expressing his sympathy and offering to help in any way possible.

DOCTOR, FACING VACCINATION COMPLAINT, SUSPENDED BY SOUTHERN OCEAN MEDICAL CENTER
A Manahawkin doctor has been suspended by the Southern Ocean Medical Center after a state complaint was filed accusing his office of improperly storing vaccines that were administered to children. Catherine Galioto of Micromedia Publications says the complaint against Dr. Michael Bleiman included charges of gross negligence and professional misconduct, among other violations after he failed to store the vaccines at the proper temperature and went on to administer them anyway.

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