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

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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.

WHAT DOES A TRUMP PRESIDENCY MEAN FOR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP? PANELISTS DON’T KNOW
The underlying message of a recent Montclair Entrepreneurs meetup at Montclair State University seemed to be that no one really knows what President Donald Trump’s policies will be toward startups and innovation. Esther Surden of NJ Tech Weekly says the general sentiment was that “Anyone who tells you what the impact of the Trump administration will be on any specific field is lying to you.”

TURNING TEA PARTY TACTICS ON TRUMP: NATIONAL ORGANIZER GIVES PEP TALK TO GREATER MORRISTOWN CROWD
Ezra Levin, national organizer and author of Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda gave a pep talk to hundreds of people via video at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship religious home on Sunday. Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green says Levin urged the crowd to adopt some of the aggressive, yet effective, tactics of the Tea Party in their efforts to oppose President Trump.

NEWARK’S FOUR LIVING ELECTED MAYORS SIT SHOULDER-TO-SHOULDER AND FIND COMMON GROUND
Only four men have been elected to run the city of Newark over the last half-century. On Friday evening, all four gathered at WBGO to share stories about their time in office. Mark Bonamo of TAP into Newark says the hour-long discussion focused on the ways that each mayor has attempted to build on the successes of their predecessors in an effort to move the city forward.

ANTIQUE HOBOKEN BAKERY REOPENS AS ANTIQUE BAR AND BAKERY
The Antique Bakery has been a staple of life in Hoboken for more than 100 years, with its 30-ton coal oven pumping out enough treats to feed hundreds of residents each day – including Frank Sinatra. Now, Jennifer Casson Tripucka of Hoboken Girl says Antique Bakery has reopened as Antique Bar & Bakery. Local residents will get the same cozy bakery feeling and feast – with a full cocktail bar to go with it.

ROSELAND POLICE ARREST THREE OVERNIGHT AFTER HOURS OF OUTDOOR INVESTIGATION
Three suspects have been taken into custody after a three-hour manhunt in Roseland and Essex Fells yesterday following vehicle break-ins in the area. Carolyn Volpe Curley of West Essex Now set up a timeline of events to track the incident from the break-ins to the busts.

NJ’S LAST VIDEO RENTAL STORE IS IN BRICK, AND IT’S CLOSING
The last remaining video rental store in New Jersey is located in Brick Township, and it’s about to close. Daniel Nee of Brick Shorebeat says the final holdout in New Jersey’s once-thriving video rental business, Bob’s Video Time, will close its doors after 27 years in business.

VERONA STUDENT LEADS PROTEST AGAINST EDUCATION NOMINEE
Roughly 100 people descended on Verona Park this week to protest the nomination of billionaire Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. Virginia Citrano of MyVeronaNJ says the protest was led by Isabella Williams, a junior at Verona High School who came up with the idea for the rally after attending the Women’s March on Washington last month. DeVos has since been confirmed as Secretary of Education in a historic confirmation process that required the Vice President to step in and break a tie in the Senate for the first time in the nation’s history.

NEWARK WILL SOON WELCOME NEW LIBRARY DIRECTOR JEFFREY TRZECIAK
The Newark Public Library has undergone many changes in recent months, from its spiffy new website to a series of newsworthy public lectures and acquisitions. Now, Andaiye Taylor of Brick City Live says the library will also get a new leader. Jeffrey Trzeciak (pronounced “Tree-Zak”), a 30-year veteran librarian and noted technophile, will take his place as the new director of the Newark Public Library at the end of the month.

TAP INTO WESTFIELD LAUNCHES NEW PODCAST
There’s a new podcast on the New Jersey local scene. For the inaugural episode, host Mike Cohen sits down with TAP into Westfield publisher, Jackie Lieberman, to discuss the latest news and events in Westfield and the surrounding area.

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