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

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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.

NEWARK UNVEILS $100 MILLION INVESTMENT NEAR PRUDENTIAL CENTER
Newark officials on Thursday rebranded Triangle Park as Mulberry Commons and promised a “transformative” $100 million project that will turn the property into a park with retail establishments and commercial spaces on either side. Mark Bonamo of NewarkInc says taxpayers will have to foot about 10 percent of the bill to fund the project. 

STATE COULD USE WATER AUTHORITY ADVISOR’S BLUEPRINT FOR VALUATION, SALE
New Jersey is currently sitting on a detailed plan that would help potential buyers assess the value of one of Atlantic City’s few remaining assets: the water authority. Elinor Comlay of Route 40 says the plan, drafted by the advisory firm known as the Acacia Financial Group, also “calculates the future water-rate rises that might be possible for the authority.”

JUDGE SIDES WITH MORRIS COUNTY FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION OF CHURCHES
A state judge has ruled that Morris County can continue to award historic preservation grants to churches in Morristown and across the county. Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green says Judge Margaret Goodzeit dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, which claimed that “millions of grant dollars since 2002 have violated separations of church and state outlined by the state and federal Constitutions.”  

IN CAMDEN, DOCS, PATIENTS, HEALTH WORKERS PUSH BACK AGAINST ACA REPEAL
As federal lawmakers prepare to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, Matt Skoufalos of NJ Pen says a group of doctors, patients and healthcare workers in favor of keeping the protections of the law rallied in Camden City to voice their support.

NJ STAGE FINISHES 2016 AS MOST POPULAR ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SITE FOR NEW JERSEY
Gary Wein of New Jersey Stage used alexa.com to compare his site’s analytics and traffic statistics with 20 other websites that cover arts and entertainment in New Jersey and he says New Jersey Stage came out on top, making it the most popular arts and entertainment publication in the state.

FOR MURDER VICTIM’S FAMILY, A GUILTY VERDICT MEANS JUSTICE
A jury at the Middlesex County Superior Court handed down a guilty verdict in the trial of Timothy Puskas. Jack Murtha of TAP into New Brunswick says Puskas was convicted of murdering former Rutgers student Billy McCaw in 2014 and faces 30 years to life in prison for killing McCaw.

SCOTCH PLAINS JCC DEEMED SAFE AFTER BOMB THREAT
A bomb squad swept the premises of the Jewish Community Center in Scotch Plains after a bomb threat was made against the facility. Jackie Lieberman and John Mooney of TAP into Scotch Plains/Fanwood say no bomb was found, but the incident is one in a series of bomb threats made to JCCs up and down the East Cost.

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