News for Gloucester City and the Surrounding Areas of South Jersey and Philadelphia
DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE TO HOST OPEN HOUSE AT PEQUEST TROUT HATCHERY
Obituary: Michelle M. Fish of Westmont, age 39

N.J. News Commons: PASCACK VALLEY ENTERS NATIONAL DEBATE ON TRANSGENDER RIGHTS

 

The Pascack Valley Regional School District is hearing arguments about a proposed policy that would allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms based on their gender identity or to have increased privacy in some cases. The Record says several North Jersey schools have already adopted similar policies with little fanfare.

 

CRITICS SAY PATH EXTENSION PROJECT THREATENED BY 'PAROCHIAL' INTERESTS

A $1.5 billion PATH extension to Newark Airport that would connect the depressed South Ward neighborhood to the airport is seen by some as expendable, especially when there are so many projects to pay for and not enough money to pay for them all. NJTV says some critics feel that dropping the PATH extension is another example of parochial concerns for Bergen County residents outweighing the needs of Essex and other counties.

 

CHRISTIE DECLARED NJ HAS RECOVERED FROM 'THE LONG RECESSION.' IS IT TRUE?

All major economic indicators point to yes. But while unemployment may be down, NJ.com says the state has yet to regain 100 percent of the jobs lost during the recession. New Jersey is still missing around 24,300 jobs in 2016.  

 

NEW JERSEY COULD STILL BE A POWERFUL PLAYER IN THE OFFSHORE WIND INDUSTRY

Despite years of delay in putting together a financial plan to lure developers to build along the coast, the state is well positioned to develop offshore wind farms. NJ Spotlight, however, says it's not likely to happen under Governor Christie, who consistently questions the economics of the clean technology.

 

FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES IN NEW JERSEY, A BUMPY ADJUSTMENT TO SCHOOL

The Syrian refugees who settled in Elizabeth, NJ over the last several months have received support from a range of volunteers, including English lessons and help navigating everyday routines. But WNYC says some of the children are having a tough time at the Elizabeth public schools.

 

WE'RE LAUNCHING ANOTHER COLLABORATIVE REPORTING PROJECT: We just wrapped up a successful Beacon crowdfunding campaign with NJ Spotlight to support comprehensive immigration coverage in New Jersey. We’re partnering with community and ethnic media from all over NJ to tell important stories about how immigration policies and communities affect our state and our lives at every level. We’re calling the project, “In the Shadow of Liberty,” and we’ll be using everything we learned from Dirty Little Secrets to make this project even better.

 

SAVE THE DATEThe Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies at Montclair State University is hosting a panel on the historical and contemporary role of Italian media in the U.S. on Tuesday April 12 from 6:30-8:30. The program features visiting scholar Bénédicte Deschamps (University of Paris Diderot - Université Paris Sorbonne Cité), newspaper editor Maurita Cardone (La Voce di New York), TV producer Lucia Grillo (Italics, CUNY TV) and journalist Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush. Click here for more information.

 

ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT! We've extended the deadline for submissions to our statewide undergraduate reporting contest, which boasts a grand price of $650. We will now be accepting submissions until April 1, 2016. The best submissions will be included and published as part of our Dirty Little Secrets project with the Center for Investigative Reporting.

 

WE'RE CREATING A FAQ: Do you have a question about the local news business? Is there some skill or piece of information that you've always wanted to know, but can't seem to find the answer on Google? Use our new Hearken module to ask us your questions and we'll do our best to answer it. We might even turn your question into a video tutorial. 

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