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

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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.

WHAT DOES END OF SUPERINTENDENT SALARY CAP MEAN FOR SOUTH ORANGE-MAPLEWOOD?
The New Jersey Department of Education released new regulations last fall that removed the $175,000 superintendent salary cap imposed by Gov. Christie in 2011. Mary Mann of The Village Green looks at how the new regulations could impact the South Orange-Maplewood school district.

TAX MARCH, COMMUNITY UNITY RALLY DRAWS CROWD TO HEAR POLITICIANS’ MESSAGES
Plainfield was one of more than 200 communities across the country that gathered to demand the release of President Donald Trump’s tax returns and call for a fair tax rate for everyone. Jennifer Popper of TAP into Plainfield says residents gathered in Plainfield’s Cedar Brook Park to focus on tax issues, as well as immigration and sanctuary cities, fair pay, the travel ban, and criminal justice reform.

ATLANTIC CITY AWARDS BIKE LOOP CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT
Atlantic City’s purchasing department on Wednesday awarded the contract to build a new bike loop to Egg Harbor City’s Command Company. Elinor Comlay and Bill Sprouse of Route 40 say the planned bike loop would connect the beach to Garden’s Basin via specially-adapted city streets in the inlet.

NEW BRUNSWICK PREPARES FOR ANNUAL WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY MARCH
Workers and their families will rally in New Brunswick on Sunday to call for safer working conditions, march for fallen workers, and celebrate the working class on the annual Workers’ Memorial Day. Akia Thorpe of New Brunswick Today says New Labor, the city’s leading immigrant workers organization, and the New Jersey Work Environment Council will lead the march in an attempt to raise awareness and prevent additional workplace-related illnesses, injuries, and deaths.

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