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NJ News Commons: BULLYING COMPLAINTS SPARK NEARLY $100,000 IN SCHOOL DISTRICT LEGAL BILLS


The South Orange-Maplewood School District has spent nearly $100,000 on legal fees related to cases of alleged bullying over the last two years. Joe Strupp of TAP into SOMA filed a request under the state's Open Public Records Act (OPRA) for the district's invoices, which revealed the district has been billed for a total of $96,995.69 in legal services for 2016 and 2017.

TANGER CEO PROMISES NEW STORES IN ATLANTIC CITY AS OCCUPANCY FALLS AT THE WALK 


The CEO of Tanger Outlets, the company the manages the retail outlets at The Walk in Atlantic City, says Tanger is working to bring new tenants to The Walk after occupancy levels dropped to a more than five-year low earlier this season. Elinor Comlay of Route 40 says outlet stores at The Walk have struggled to win over cash-strapped consumers or keep up with the competition arising from online retail and commerce.

MERCER COUNTY WILL GIVE VEBLIN HOUSE, HERRONTOWN WOODS ARBORETUM TO PRINCETON
Officials have announced that Mercer County will transfer ownership of the 142-acre Herrontown Woods Arboretum to the Princeton municipal government. Krystal Knapp of Planet Princeton says the park contains a range of hiking trails and attractions, including the Veblen House, cottage, and associated structures formerly owned by famed mathematician Oswald Veblen.

NJ PARENT SUMMIT READIES PARENTS, EDUCATORS FOR NEW ERA IN NEWARK
The second annual NJ Parent Summit in Newark brought together 200 parents from across the state to tackle upcoming policy changes, including the prospect of regaining local control over Newark schools. Elana Knopp of TAP into Newark says education advocacy, college preparation, lobbying for education reform, and building partnerships were also among the topics discussed at the event.
 
SLAIN MORRIS PLAINS WOMAN HAD MADE COMPLAINTS AGAINST HER KILLER
A Morris Plains woman and former Marine Corps veteran who was slain over the weekend had complained to police about the former boyfriend who killed her. Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green says Laurel Chasmar made several complaints to the police that her former boyfriend was harassing her.

POLICE SEEK INFO IN HIT-AND-RUN ON CAMDEN COUNTY COPS
Camden County police are looking for information about a man they say injured a pair of detectives last week in a hit-and-run incident involving an ATV at a Camden City gas station. Matt Skoufalos of NJ Pen says police are looking to charge the suspect with the attempted murder of the two officers.

MAN ALLEGES NEW BRUNSWICK COPS BEAT HIM, WAITED HOURS TO CALL FOR MEDICAL CARE
A man who was arrested by New Brunswick police officers late last year has filed a civil complaint against two police officers, the city, the police department, and others. Jack Murtha of TAP into New Brunswick says the man claims the police broke his ribs, punctured one of his lungs, and waited hours to get him medical treatment for his injuries.

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