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NJ News Commons Weekly Roundup of the Best Reporting from News Sites Around New Jersey

September 3, 2015

Local Beat is NJ News Commons’ weekly roundup of the best and most topical reporting from local news sites around New Jersey.

A LEGAL BATTLE IS BREWING IN FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP
Franklin Township councilman Rajiv Prasad has asked the FBI to interview Brian and Gina Ulrich, two outspoken critics of the proposed Catalpa Park. According to emails obtained by the Franklin Reporter & Advocate through an Open Public Records Act request, Prasad says the two are part of a "potential hate speech and crime group mushrooming in Franklin." The Ulrichs, however, say they being unfairly targeted and are contemplating bringing the matter to an attorney.

CNBNEWS FILES LAWSUIT AFTER OPRA REQUEST WAS DENIED

William Cleary of CNBNews filed a lawsuit in Superior Court on Monday against Gloucester County Clerk Kathleen Jentsch, who serves as the Records Custodian for the City of Gloucester. Cleary alleges that Jentsch violated the Open Public Records Act by denying his request for information regarding several financial dealings and land-use projects between Gloucester City and outside parties. 

WHY A $118 MILLION GIVEAWAY TO SUBARU WON'T REVITALIZE CAMDEN
The state has given hundreds of millions of dollars away to corporations in the form of taxbreaks and incentives in hopes that they will either remain in or move to New Jersey. South Jerseyist looks at some of the most recent examples of this phenomenon and explains why the latest gift from NJ taxpayers to Subaru won't just fail to revitalize Camden, but will create a problem that will take decades to fix.

CIRCUS "NO FUN FOR ANIMALS," PROTESTERS SAY
A group of animal rights advocates took to social media and the streets in opposition to the Cole Brothers Circus in Forked River. Gavin Rozzi of the Lacey Reporter says the demonstrators took issue with the Cole Brothers' treatment of their elephants. The Cole Brothers have also incurred the wrath of state and federal authorities for their treatment of elephants and other animals used in their performances.

SURFING WHEN YOU CAN'T STAND
Virginia Citrano of MyVeronaNJ tells the story of Scott Chesney, who never learned to "surf on his feet." Chesney is paralyzed from the waist down, and surfs lying face-down on a special board made just for him. Instead of relying on a board with one fin under the tail of the board, Chesney's board has fins in the middle, where his hips and leverage are.

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