NJ NEWS COMMONS
The tourism district in Atlantic City is home to the largest needle exchange in New Jersey, and it gives out more needles each week than it gets back. Elinor Comlay of Route 40 says the imbalance is turning the streets near local business into a repository of used needles, but there are solutions out there.
VOTING BLOCK PARTNERS ASK NJ VOTERS ABOUT ELECTION ISSUES
Reporters and local news partners involved with the ongoing collaborative reporting project known as Voting Block have continued to profile local New Jersey communities this week. Each reporting partner was tasked with profiling a particular neighborhood or "block" within their respective communities to get a better understanding of the most important issues facing the state as we prepare to elect a new governor in November.
- Andaiye Taylor of Brick City Live is focusing on the Forest Hill neighborhood in Newark, where voters talked about the importance of diversity and inclusivity.
- Elinor Comlay and Bill Sprouse of Route 40 are talking to voters in Bungalow Park, a block situated in the shadow of Atlantic City's casino industry.
- Kelly Schott of Jersey Shore Hurricane News is focusing a group of voters in Asbury Park to learn more about the issues they feel should be at the top of the new governor's priority list.
- Orhan Akkurt of Zaman Amerika is covering the Idil family and a section of Turkish and immigrant communities in Montclair.
NEWARK UNITES BEHIND COMBINED POST-HURRICANE MARIA EFFORT FOR PUETRO RICO
Civic and political leaders, along with members of the business community and the general public in Newark came out in support of Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria last week. Mark Bonamo of TAP into Newark says the city will hold two Puerto Rican parties for Hurricane Maria relief early next month, with all the money going directly to support recovery efforts on the island.
AUTHOR URGES STUDENTS TO WRITE THEIR OWN STORY
Hometown author Megan McCafferty returned to her old school at Central Region High School in Berkeley to talk to young aspiring writers about her new book and to offer some writing advice. Sara Grillo of Jersey Shore Online was there to report on the event.