Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES NEW TEACHER CONTRACT

The Board of Education unanimously approved a new two-year contract for district teachers, which is retroactive to the last school year and includes the upcoming school year.

The two-year agreement covers the period from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015. The salary increase is 4.25% over the two year agreement, inclusive of increments, with retroactive pay to July 1, 2013. 

The vote was 7-0, with one abstention. Board Member Johanna Wright did not vote because her daughter is a district teacher. One board member was absent. 
The agreement followed a year of tough negotiations that included the South Orange Maplewood Education Association declaring an impasse.


TWO ARMED ROBBERIES TOP POLICE WEEK OF BURGLARIES AND OTHER THEFTS

From Maplewood Police today:

July 24, 2014; Robbery; Two robberies were committed between 11:00and 11:30 PM.  The first was on Dunnell Rd near Jefferson and the second was immediately following this on Jefferson Ave near Walton Rd.  In both cases a male ran up to the juvenile pedestrians, displayed a handgun and demanded their belongings.  Several items were taken from the victims before the actor entered an awaiting vehicle that fled the scene.   No one was injured any either incident.

July 22, 2014; Burglary;  A home on Irvington Ave was entered during the daytime hours and cash and electronics were stolen.

July 22, 2014; Burglary;  An apartment on Chancellor Ave was entered during the late afternoon or early evening hours.  Several pieces of jewelry and electronics were reported stolen.

July 22, 2014; Motor Vehicle Theft: Between 6 and 9:30 PM on 7/21, a Nissan Maxima was stolen from in front of a Heller Pl residence.  It was later recovered in Newark.

July 22, 2014; Robbery; At approximately 11:30 PM, A male walking in the area of Coolidge Rd and Irvington Ave was approached by four males.  The males patted him down and took his cell phone.  The victim was not injured.

July 23, 2014; Motor Vehicle Accident; Officer Defazio was patrolling in an unmarked vehicle on Burnett Ave.  While doing so an 11 year old that was riding their bicycle on the sidewalk, suddenly and without warning turned 90 degrees into the roadway. Officer Defazio was able to quickly maneuver his vehicle and stop.  Once stopped the juvenile struck the rear quarter panel the police vehicle at a low speed.  He was not injured.

July 27, 2014; Cell Phone Theft;  At approximately 8:10 PM, a 16 year old juvenile was walking near Durand Rd and Maplewood Ave when his cell phone was snatched out of his hand by another juvenile.  The juvenile ran South on Maplewood Ave and then up Highland Pl.  Officers responded to the area and Officer Moen was able to locate the suspect on Ridgewood Rd. The 16 year old from Irvington was positively identified and arrested.
 

SIX CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD THIS FALL

The deadline to file for the upcoming Board of Education election was Monday and when it came and went, six candidates had formerly entered the race for three open seats, according to the Essex County Clerk's Office.

They include Donna Smith and Elissa Malespina of South Orange and Elizabeth Baker, Maureen Jones, Godwin Molokwu, and Anthony Mazzocchi of Maplewood.

The six challengers will vie for the three seats up for grabs in this year's election set for November 5. Those seats are held by Andrea Wren-Hardin, Bill Gaudelli and Sandra Karriem, each of whom is not running again.

The deadline to file was 4 p.m. on Monday.

PROSPECT RUMMAGE SALE COLLECTION IS ON


Prospect Presbyterian Church is currently accepting donations for their Annual Rummage Sale. Donation drop-off times are:

Sunday-Friday
9:30 - 11:30 AM
Tues & Thurs. Evenings 7-9 PM
LAST DAY FOR DONATION DROP OFF IS AUGUST 3.

Clean, gently used or new items such as clothing,
housewares, bric-a-brac, toys, jewelry, collectibles and
furniture that can be easily handled would be appreciated.

Donations should be brought downstairs to the basement
hallway by the main Rummage Room.

Please be sure all are in good working order.
Clean clothes, in "like new" or gently used condition, on hangers, please. (Hangers are available outside the Rummage Room.)

Sale dates are August 17 from 1-4 PM, August 23 from 9:30 AM to 1PM & September 6 from 9:30 AM to 1PM.

All proceeds go to local charities.

Monday, July 28, 2014

BORDEN PARK TO BE SHUT DOWN FOR IMPROVEMENTS

From the Township today:

Borden Park Irrigation

Dear All - Borden Park Field will be closed starting Wednesday July 30th through Monday August 18th for field improvements. Please excuse the inconvenience. 

Thank you.

SCHOOL BOARD TO VOTE ON TEACHERS CONTRACT TONIGHT

We told you two weeks ago that the teacher's union had struck a deal for a new contract with the school district.

More on the details of the retroactive two-year plan HERE.

Tonight the school board votes on the contract, while also appointing James Memoli officially as acting superintendent and likely updating the search for a permanent superintendent.

Full agenda HERE.

Show up, ask questions, give them your views or just a pat on the back.

Remember, they work for you.

NEW EPISODE OF LEE NAVLEN'S ONLINE COMEDY 'GOODSTEIN' IS OUT

We proudly present the latest installment of Goodstein!, the wacky online comedy from Maplewood's own Lee Navlen.

In this episode, our crazy lawyer deals with drug-filled desserts, a terrible toupe' and a fake Nazi survivor?

Also, another guest appearance from Democratic Committee Chairman and former Township Comitteeman Ian Grodman.

Check it out below. Warning: contains profanity.




JOB HUNTING HELP AT THE LIBRARY TODAY

Professionals in Transition - 10 a.m. - Noon

This presentation will expose the thinking of the hiring manager. It shows how the interview is necessarily more focused on the needs of the company and the hiring manager than on those of the candidate.

Attendees will learn about:
• How is the hiring manager checking out the candidate way beyond the résumé and interview?
• What values are important to the hiring manager?
• Ways of searching for answers to those questions as well as how to answer many common interview questions properly.
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Alex Freund was a director at several Fortune 500 companies. He has sat, countless times, on both sides of the interviewer’s desk, and has keen insight into hiring managers’ perspectives. He coaches, encourages, and motivates his clients to put their best foot forward. See more, here: http://www.landingexpert.com

Sunday, July 27, 2014

MAPLEWOODIAN OF THE WEEK: PETER FRESULONE

Former Township Chief Financial Officer Peter Fresulone was honored this past week with a memorial and black bunting at Town Hall after he passed away.

For that we offer a humble, saddened Maplewoodian of the Week acknowledgement.



16 OPEN HOUSES TODAY

Find your next home or just see what the market is offering.

Full list HERE.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

POLICE CONFIRM MISSING MMS STUDENT INCIDENT

We first told you Wednesday about the Maplewood Middle School student who was missing and later found on school grounds with a teacher who apparently did not tell administrators before they called police.

The Maplewood Police issued this report late Friday on the incident confirming our reporting:

On 07-23-14 at 0937 hours MPD units respond to the Maplewood Middle School on a
report from the school principal that a 12 year old student had walked off of school
property after becoming upset in class.

MPD units searched the area for the juvenile with negative results.  At
approximately 1100 hours the school principal called MPD and stated that the
juvenile was found in the company of another teacher. It was further reported that
it was now unclear if the juvenile ever actually left the building.

FUN SHERLOCK HOLMES EVENT AT LIBRARY TODAY

Sherlock-Holmes
Main Library, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – It’s elementary: those fascinated by the timeless tales of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes will enjoy this talk by Dr. Robert A. Moss, member of The Baker Street Irregulars and a Holmes aficionado.  

In his PowerPoint presentation, Dr Moss will offer some lesser-known insights into both the character of Holmes and its creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and will discuss their representation on postage stamps.

Robert A. Moss is Research Professor and Louis P. Hammett Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.  He is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars, the largest Sherlockian Society in the United States, and also a member of the Red-Headed League of (New) Jersey, a scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars.