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Morals Village Hot Pot leases at Rutgers Plaza

By Mario Marroquin
April 28, 2017 12:12 PM

North Plainfield-based Levin Management Corp. recently announced it has completed a 4,000-square-foot lease and is adding Morals Village Hot Pot to Rutgers Plaza in Franklin Township. CONTINUE READING

Atlantic Stewardship Bank plans new branch location in Morris County

By April 28, 2017 11:58 AM

Midland Park-based Atlantic Stewardship Bank recently announced it is opening a new branch in North Jersey. CONTINUE READING

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Marcus & Millichap complete $2.5M sale in Orange

By Mario Marroquin
April 28, 2017 11:47 AM

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Innophos names SVP for manufacturing, engineering, environmental health & safety

By Eric Strauss
April 27, 2017 12:31 PM

Innophos Holdings Inc., the Cranbury-based maker of specialty ingredient solutions, said it has named a new senior vice president of manufacturing, engineering and environmental health & safety, it announced Thursday. CONTINUE READING

NAI Hanson sells lot in West Caldwell

By Mario Marroquin
April 27, 2017 01:08 PM

Commercial brokerage NAI James E. Hanson recently announced it has brokered the sale of a 0.8-acre lot in West Caldwell between Lourenco Service Center and Manzo-Doren Organization of West Caldwell. CONTINUE READING

Software solutions firm hires CFO

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April 26, 2017 11:35 AM

Princeton-based business software solutions provider AMERI Holdings Inc. has named a new chief financial officer, it said Tuesday. CONTINUE READING

Marcus & Millichap completes sale in Elizabeth

By Mario Marroquin
April 26, 2017 12:06 PM

Commercial real estate firm Marcus & Millichap recently announced the completion of a $1.4 million property sale in Elizabeth through a 1031 exchange. Michael Lombardi, first vice president at Marcus & Millichap New Jersey’s office, represented private investors in the sale and purchase of the property. CONTINUE READING

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There are a lot of people grieving about the state of print media in the wake of the Times-Picayune's decision to no longer publish a print edition seven days a week. Call me a nihilist, if you insist (I've been called far worse things), but I say, "What took so long?"

Can you believe this used to be one the top moneymaker in a newspaper? It was only a matter of time before someone found a better way to sell his crap.
Can you believe this used to be one the top moneymaker in a newspaper? It was only a matter of time before someone found a better way to sell his crap.

To say print media is in trouble is nothing new, but unfortunately, we don't have a Lassie to somehow communicate our troubles, through a sophisticated system of barking, to Timmy's parents and other readers. The digital age has much more efficient ways to communicate information than the ink-sodden toilet paper we hacks so vociferously lament. Take classifieds, for instance. They were the ultimate cash cow — you got about 20 words, in six-point agate type ("agate" from the Greeks, meaning "tiny letters you can't read without a microscope"), to hock the bicycle you haven't used since the Carter administration, and the newspaper got $45. Now, Craiglist has done the same thing, only more searchable, for free. How do you compete with that?

You can't, and the Times-Picayune gets it. You can't get readers to pay for online content, unless you are one of a very select few papers. And it's harder competing for the interest of readers with gray pages when Apple keeps developing newer and shinier toys to entice people to get their news in other ways.

The alternative, until now, has been the Gannett model — cut until you see bone, at which point, you get yourself a saw and keep going — or just closing up outright. True, there's a problem for papers with "daily" in the flag suddenly going non-daily, but the ability to produce more in-depth content, and regulate day-to-day news to the Web, is probably the best idea going right now, and the only one that encourages print and online to complement each other, instead of undercutting one another.

Or else, in the words of a colleague, we can just prepare for the day when we have to tell our grandchildren what we did for a living "without sounding like our grandparents trying to explain their jobs in the typing pool or as switchboard operators."

I'm even more irreverent on Twitter @joe_arney.

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There are a lot of people grieving about the state of print media in the wake of the Times-Picayune's decision to no longer publish a print edition seven days a week. Call me a nihilist, if you insist (I've been called far worse things), but I say, "What took so long?"

Can you believe this used to be one the top moneymaker in a newspaper? It was only a matter of time before someone found a better way to sell his crap.
Can you believe this used to be one the top moneymaker in a newspaper? It was only a matter of time before someone found a better way to sell his crap.

To say print media is in trouble is nothing new, but unfortunately, we don't have a Lassie to somehow communicate our troubles, through a sophisticated system of barking, to Timmy's parents and other readers. The digital age has much more efficient ways to communicate information than the ink-sodden toilet paper we hacks so vociferously lament. Take classifieds, for instance. They were the ultimate cash cow — you got about 20 words, in six-point agate type ("agate" from the Greeks, meaning "tiny letters you can't read without a microscope"), to hock the bicycle you haven't used since the Carter administration, and the newspaper got $45. Now, Craiglist has done the same thing, only more searchable, for free. How do you compete with that?

You can't, and the Times-Picayune gets it. You can't get readers to pay for online content, unless you are one of a very select few papers. And it's harder competing for the interest of readers with gray pages when Apple keeps developing newer and shinier toys to entice people to get their news in other ways.

The alternative, until now, has been the Gannett model — cut until you see bone, at which point, you get yourself a saw and keep going — or just closing up outright. True, there's a problem for papers with "daily" in the flag suddenly going non-daily, but the ability to produce more in-depth content, and regulate day-to-day news to the Web, is probably the best idea going right now, and the only one that encourages print and online to complement each other, instead of undercutting one another.

Or else, in the words of a colleague, we can just prepare for the day when we have to tell our grandchildren what we did for a living "without sounding like our grandparents trying to explain their jobs in the typing pool or as switchboard operators."

I'm even more irreverent on Twitter @joe_arney.

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