Friday, October 24, 2014

NEW MAPLEWOODIAN.COM TICKET GIVEAWAY DEAL WITH SOPAC

We are proud to announce a new partnership with the South Orange Performing Arts Center that will allow us to give away pairs of tickets to lucky Maplewoodian.com readers for a handful of upcoming shows.

The first will be Ralphie May, a great irreverent comic who is appearing Nov. 6.

Make sure to check in Monday morning to see how to get the first pair of tickets and look for more in the future. 

WHAT WAS THAT MILITARY TRAINING IN THE PARK?

We came across these military training exercises this morning in Memorial Park. 

Turned out it was the Army ROTC from Seton Hall University. 

That's a relief!







SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS

We asked the four candidates for the school board -- Elizabeth Baker, Maureen Jones, Donna Smith and Godwin Molokwu -- to fill out our questionnaire on issues related to the school district.

The four are running for three open seats on the school board in the November 4 election.

All but Molokwu responded.

The candidates weighed in on the superintendent search, priorities, spending, and the CHS teacher arrest.

Read their views HERE.

CHS HOMECOMING PARADE AND RALLY TODAY

The community is invited to come out and cheer on the kickoff of the Cougars Homecoming Weekend as the students, athletes and marching band parade to Underhill Field for their Pep Rally on Friday afternoon (10/24). 

CHS will dismiss students at 2pm to assemble and travel up Parker Ave to Summit Ave to Garfield leading to the field for their Pep Rally. 

The Pep Rally is for CHS students ONLY.

** Friday night is Senior Night at the varsity football
game against Nutley HS at 7pm and CHS
Unaccompanied Minors acapella group will
sing the National Anthem for our last home game
of the season. Come out and ROAR for our
COUGARS!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

TOWNSHIP CHOOSES CEDAR KNOLLS FIRM FOR POST OFFICE REDEVELOPMENT

The Township Committee revealed today it has chosen JMF Properties of Cedar Knolls to handle the Maplewood Village post office redevelopment after a previous deal had been cancelled. The new plan includes most of the same construction, but with 23 apartment units and underground parking.

From the Township today:

JMF Properties Preferred by Township Committee for Post Office Redevelopment 

The Maplewood Township Committee is slated to select JMF Properties of Cedar Knolls, NJ as the developer for the Post Office Redevelopment Project. 

As it previously announced, the Township Committee scheduled interviews with three developers for October 21st and 22nd. Earlier in the month, the developers met with the Design Review Committee of the Maplewood Village Alliance.

On November 5th, barring any last minute changes, the Township Committee will formally vote on a resolution designating JMF Properties as the preferred developer for the site. A 90-day period will be established to conclude negotiations with JMF regarding the purchase price and design elements of the building and site.

JMF is committed to constructing the building with external design features (upper floor setbacks, chamfered corners, etc.) and materials proposed by the previous developer and approved by the Board of the Maplewood Village Alliance. 

The project will include 23 apartments, about 6,000 square feet of retail space, and shopper parking in a new surface lot in rear of the building. 

The developer will no longer pursue a retail tenant to occupy the entire basement of the building. The basement will now be used primarily for underground tenant parking. The project is expected to start next year and be finished in 2016.

TAKE OUR SURVEY: WHO DO YOU WANT FOR TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE?

We are surveying voters to see which of the candidates for Township Committee you plan to vote for on Nov. 4.

Incumbents Vic De Luca and India Larrier, both Democrats, are running for re-election against Republican Angel "Bob" Perez and Independent Kurt Kiley.

You may choose two. 

Cast your free, anonymous vote HERE

We will post results in one week. 


SYRACUSE LEGENDARY COACH JIM BOEHEIM COMING TO WORDS

From Words Bookstore today:

 Bookstore proudly welcomes Mr. Boeheim on Tuesday, November 4 at 6 pm, on the release date and book launch of his autobiography. Boeheim will sign books for fans before flying back to Syracuse for practice. Store co-owner Ellen Zimiles and daughter Liz are especially excited to host Boeheim, as both are Syracuse alumns and fans of the team.

In his autobiography, Bleeding Orange: Fifty Years of Blind Referees, Screaming Fans, Beasts of the East, and Syracuse Basketball, Boeheim candidly reflects on life, mentors, and the game that defines him.

Boeheim achieved the ultimate basketball tribute in 2005 when he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was honored again in 2005, receiving the John R. Wooden “Legends of Coaching” Award.

COACH JIM BOEHEIM BOOK LAUNCH AND SIGNING
EVENT DETAILS:

Tuesday, November 4 at 6:00 pm

[words] Bookstore, 179 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood, NJ 07040

TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE CANDIDATES ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS

We asked Mayor Vic De Luca, Township Committee Member India Larrier and challengers Kurt Kiley and Angel "Bob" Perez to fill out our questionnaire on issues related to Maplewood and the Township Committee. 

The four are running for two seats on the governing body in the November 4 election.

All but Perez responded.

The candidates weighed in on the post office development, Women's Club purchase, property taxes and their priorities.

See their answers HERE.

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME TODAY

Preschool Storytime (ages 2 ½ - 5) 

No registration required - All children must be accompanied by an adult. 


Valid Maplewood library card required 


11am - Main Library

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GREAT CHS MOVIE SCREENING TONIGHT


ROMAN GOURMET APOLOGIZES FOR TV SHOW, SAYS HE WAS MISLED


The owner of Roman Gourmet has apologized for allowing an ABC-TV show into his eatery to film a misleading episode involving false reports of a missing girl in town.

Vinnie Loffredo, who owns the Maplewood Village mainstay, said he was misled by the program, What Would You Do?, which filmed an episode in his restaurant Tuesday. 

The episode revolved around customers believing that a child who was reported missing had walked into the pizzeria with a stranger.

The sting was set up at 9 a.m. with producers placing fake posters around the restaurant and having an actress playing the missing child come in with an adult.

Since it occurred, some have unfairly criticized Loffredo via Maplewoodonline and other outlets. He issued this apology today:

My name is Vinnie Loffredo and I am the owner of the Roman Gourmet. First and foremost I would like to sincerely apologize not only to my customers, but to the entire Maplewood community for saying yes to a show being filmed in my pizzeria which was entirely dishonest. I was totally unaware of the ramifications of a show like this and was completely duped into believing it was a good thing for the community because I was told “it encourages people to speak up in public in important circumstances.” Once I learned the premise for the episode, I felt completely uncomfortable and told the producers to end the production. Because of the time and effort they said they put into set up, they would not leave until I physically removed them from the pizzeria six hours ahead of their schedule. I am extremely distraught over this and would never, ever believe a show based on an abducted child is acceptable at any level, especially since I am the father of three children. Unfortunately, I made a huge mistake in trusting the producers of this “gotcha” type of show before I learned more about it in advance. Please accept my apology, I would never intentionally hurt anyone. Thank you.

We reached out to Loffredo to find out what happened and he said he was misled.

“I do not like this show at all,” he said via phone. “What happened was about two weeks ago a nice young guy and girl sat me down and said they loved this town, the said they need this place to do a show.”

He said he did not hear from them again for weeks until late Monday when they called and said they would come in the next day.

Loffredo said the crew showed up at 9 a.m. and began to install hidden cameras and equipment.

“By 11:15 a.m. I tried to kick them out, they said I couldn’t. I was not paid one cent for it, I never signed anything. I think they realized they got some fool,” he said, adding that at one point host John Quinones came in and insisted they be allowed to finish.

“Right about two o’clock I had it and said I wanted them to leave now,” he said. “I think they saw I had it, I kicked the actor and the actress out. They were harassing my customers. I wish this thing never happened.”

Anyone who knows Roman Gourmet knows it is an upstanding business and they have no reason to apologize for what a television crew did. 
If you agree, throw them some extra business today.

Perhaps the township, which received more than $1,000 for a filming permit, should give some of that to Roman Gourmet.

DO NOT BELIEVE THIS MISSING CHILD POSTER



We told you Tuesday about the ABC TV show What Would You Do? filming in Maplewood and setting up a false scenario of a missing child to see how people would react.

This appears to be the missing poster that was placed inside Roman Gourmet where the sting was done. If you see it, know it is a fabrication.