Monday, May 2, 2016

GREAT ADULT SCHOOL EVENT ON NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING


SCHOOL DISTRICT BUDGET HEARING TONIGHT

The Board of Education holds its annual budget hearing tonight.

The board introduced the $125 million school budget for 2016-2017 on March 21, which includes 15 staff cuts, 11 of them teachers.

The board voted, 8-1, on the budget, which included $111 million to be raised from property taxes that will increase the average Maplewood homeowner's tax bill by $226. Board member Johanna Wright was the lone opposing vote.

Among the staff cuts are 14 positions at Columbia High School, nine of them teachers. Those CHS teacher cuts include two science teachers, two math teachers, two language teachers, and one teacher each in English language arts, social studies, and physical education.

But the biggest hit for many is the loss of two librarian/media specialists, one from the middle schools and one from the high school.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the Board offices, 525 Academy St.

Show up, tell them what you think, ask a question or give a pat on the back.

Remember, this is your money they are spending and they work for you!

CHS FOOTBALL COACH DEPARTING AFTER TWO SEASONS; CALLS SCHOOL "FABULOUS"

After just two seasons at the helm, Columbia High School head football coach John Power is leaving for a job at Morristown High School.

Several parents confirmed receiving an email notice about his departure this week.

Power came to the school in the 2014 season and led the Cougars to a first round playoff game last season.

Power praised his time in Maplewood via email:

Columbia is a fabulous school. The students, faculty, Ms. Aaron, and especially Larry Busichio are exceptional and the team will be in great hands with their new coach. I wish them the best,and if they ever need anything I will be more than happy to help them.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

SPECIAL CAMERON FIELD CHS NIGHT A SMASH

It was a fun Saturday night at Cameron Field in South Orange -- known in part for its historic exhibition game that included Yankee greats Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth back in 1929.

Last night it was Columbia High School taking on Montclair in a festive atmosphere that saw lots of fans, food and fun.

The Cougars played hard in the tough, 2-1, loss, but showed a lot of grit and fight.

They remain on the winning side with an 8-5 record and their next game at Belleville on Wednesday

Come out and root them on! 





VALLEY STREET SHUTDOWNS CONTINUE THIS WEEK; MAY AFFECT TUSCAN SCHOOL

We've been chronicling the traffic backups and road detours created by the shutdowns along Valley Street for New Jersey American Water work on the busy county road.

Now it appears the disruptions will continue this week and affect drop-offs and pick-ups at Tuscan School.

See the latest word from the Township below:

 May 2nd-May 6th, Valley St will be closed due to work by NJ American Water between Tuscan Rd and Millburn Ave. Vehicles will be detoured onto Prospect St, Millburn Ave and Springfield Ave. This will cause additional traffic in the immediate area as well as increased traffic on Springfield Ave. The work will typically last from approximately 9 AM to 4 PM as long as no unexpected obstacles are encountered. During this timeframe, there may be limited access to Tuscan School on Harvard Ave after morning drop off until approximately 3 PM. It is recommended that you plan an alternate route to avoid this area if possible. The road will be reopened following the construction daily. Further updates will be sent out when they are received.

VIDEO: HIGHLIGHTS FROM MAKER MADNESS

We stopped by Maker Madness at Columbia High School on Saturday. It was a great gathering of kids, parents, and instructors who offered a fun mix of creative options and scientific experiments.

Check out some highlights below:


18 OPEN HOUSES TODAY

Lots to chose from, including two homes each on Ridgewood Road and Hilton Avenue.

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

Full list HERE.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

SPECIAL CAMERON FIELD CHS BASEBALL TONIGHT

From The Baird:

The Columbia High School Cougar baseball team plays its third annual night game at Cameron Field tonight, against Montclair High School. The JV team plays at 5 pm, following by the Varsity game under the lights at 8 pm. 

The CHS Baseball Boosters will have a concession stand complete with grilled food and refreshments, Cougar baseball clothing, and our 2016 Baseball Yearbook. The Columbia players began their baseball careers in the South Orange/Maplewood Rec and Summer Travel programs. 

Last year's Cougar team finished with a school record 23 wins, and the Super Essex Conference, Liberty Division title. This year's team is ranked as one of the top teams in Essex County. So come out and cheer them on!