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Dana DiFilippo

Dana DiFilippo

Dana DiFilippo comes to the New Jersey Monitor from WHYY, Philadelphia’s NPR station, and the Philadelphia Daily News, a paper known for exposing corruption and holding public officials accountable. Prior to that, she worked at newspapers in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and suburban Philadelphia and has freelanced for various local and national magazines, newspapers and websites. She lives in Central Jersey with her husband, a photojournalist, and their two children.

Bill would require structural inspections of multi-family dwellings to prevent collapses

By: - August 22, 2022

New legislation would require structural inspections of new multi-family buildings in N.J. and reserve funds to pay for structural repairs.

Water officials root for rain and weigh drought warning, as conditions worsen

By: - August 19, 2022

N.J. needs rain to avoid moving from a drought watch to a warning, water monitors say. The ongoing drought watch is N.J.'s first since 2016.

Juries mulling child assault cases must be told corporal punishment is legal, court rules

By: - August 19, 2022

In New Jersey, physical punishment such as spanking and slapping is forbidden in schools but allowed in homes, as long as it’s not so severe it leaves bruises, marks, or injuries.

Judge tosses defamation claim filed by former Cape May official

By: - August 16, 2022

A Cape May official said an affordable housing advocate defamed him in a newspaper story about questionable city spending. A judge disagreed.

Three judges named temporarily to N.J. Supreme Court, as judicial vacancies persist

By: - August 15, 2022

The appointment of the three temporary judges will allow the state's highest court to operate with a quorum when its 2022-23 term begins.

Bill would make ‘bleed control’ part of high school curriculum

By: - August 15, 2022

Two lawmakers, acting on concerns about mass shootings, want to require N.J. high schools to teach students how to stop traumatic bleeding.

Clean energy, climate change focus of joint legislative hearing

By: - August 12, 2022

Environmental advocates sounded the alarm about escalating climate change and recommended solutions lawmakers should consider at a joint legislative hearing Thursday in Toms River. Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn LaTourette was the first to testify before the Senate’s and Assembly’s environment committees, and he set the tone for the two hours of wide-ranging testimony […]

Incarcerating parents punishes families, watchdog group warns

By: - August 12, 2022

Prison Policy Initiative found that 1.25 million children nationally have an incarcerated parent, increasing their negative outcomes.

In Pennsylvania, a scrappy interloper — New Jersey — dominates U.S. Senate race

By: - August 11, 2022

John Fetterman, a Democrat running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, has trolled GOP foe Mehmet Oz for his Jersey roots in their bitter race.

Judges revive civil rights case against Linden officials, state Senate president

By: - August 10, 2022

A woman claims multiple Linden officials and others violated her civil rights over a 2007 harassment claim.

EPA warns of increased cancer risk in two N.J. towns from air pollutant

By: - August 9, 2022

Franklin and Linden are two of 23 towns U.S. environmental officials say have higher cancer risks from factory-emitted air pollution.

Lawmakers advance bill to protect Liberty State Park wildlife preserve

By: - August 8, 2022

Caven Point is a fragile nature preserve in Liberty State Park that has been targeted for commercial development.