Thursday, March 5, 2015

SNOW DAY TODAY MEANS DOUBLE THE PARCC TEST ON FRIDAY

From Maplewood Middle School Principal Jerrill Adams today:
  
Dear MMS Families,

Due to today's school closing, MMS eight graders will
take session 1 and session 2 of the PARCC Math Performance Based Assessment tomorrow.

This will involve the eighth graders taking Session 1 in the
morning between 8:00 and 11:00, and session 2 after lunch between 1:00 and 2:45.

This schedule permits sufficient time for both math sessions to be completed, and allows us to remain on schedule for seventh and sixth grade PARCC testing.

If we have a delayed opening tomorrow, we will only administer session 1 of the Math assessment.

Students who receive an extended time accommodation will be
afforded that time if it is needed. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Jerrill M. Adams
Principal

MAPLEWOOD POLICE: STAY OFF THE ROADS

From Maplewood Police today:

The Maplewood Police Department is asking that unless it is an emergency, individuals not travel at this time. 

Over the past few hours multiple vehicles and buses have gotten stuck throughout the township and road conditions are still treacherous. The police department and public works are working hard to keep our residents safe. 

Please assist us in this effort by staying off of the roadways until they can be properly cleared. The state of Emergency is still in effect.

TOWNSHIP DECLARES WEATHER EMERGENCY, TOWN HALL CLOSES EARLY

From the Township today:

As of 1:00 PM on Thursday, March 5, 2015 Maplewood Township declared a local weather emergency. The Township declares the following regulations to be enforced in addition to all other laws of the State of New Jersey and the Township of Maplewood:

1. All overnight street parking is suspended.
2. Parking is prohibited on all roadways with posted "Emergency No Parking."
3. Improper parking and abandoning vehicles on roadways is prohibited.


Municipal Offices will close at 3:00 PM on Thursday, March 5, 2015 due to weather conditions.

AFTERNOON JITNEY SERVICE IS ON

From the Township:

Afternoon Jitney Services on Thursday, March 5, 2015 will continue to run as scheduled.

SNOW SPARKS SOME CLOSED ROADS, STUCK CARS

... Scanner indicates that western portions of Baker Street will be closed due to hill driving difficulty, while Jefferson remains difficult as well ... Maplewood Avenue has a stuck car near old post office site ...

MAPLEWOOD POOL FEES MIGHT RISE

Maplewood Pool fees, which were increased just two years ago to allow an earlier opening and help cover the $1 million in renovations in 2012, might be raised again to help cover some new costs, the Township Committee discussed Tuesday.

During discussion of the Township capital budget at Tuesday's Township Committee meeting, some members said the fact that $60,000 is being included in the capital budget for some kiddie pool upgrade may mean another fee change is need to raise more future funds.

"We had to increase the fee to cover (the $1 million upgrades) and our sense was that we were bumping up against the maximum fees we could charge," Mayor Vic De Luca said. "But I think that should be revisited."

The last fee increase occurred in 2013 and brought the family rate above $400 per season.

"We are gong to be asking for a meeting with the pool advisory committee to discuss these kinds of issues," Township Administrator Joseph Manning said.

TC Member Marlon Brownlee said he is concerned the pool, which is supposed to be self-sufficient and receives no regular Township aid, may need more Township funding if fees stay the same.

"I want to encourage looking maybe at the fee structure, looking at something to have money for a rainy day or something," he said at the meeting. "There's going to be things that happen over time and if we're (funding it) here because it can't afford it it seems there is something out of balance there."

The current fees are below: