Thursday, May 26, 2016

MAPLEWOOD POOL GUEST FEE INCREASES

As the Maplewood Pool prepares to open on Saturday for the 2016 season, the fee for daily guest passes has increased from $10 to $15 for 2016.

This comes as other fees for special events have also increased, but the regular membership fees remain the same.

See all of the information HERE

The daily guest fee increase also is occurring as the pool has seen a sharp drop in membership during the last five years.

The Recreation Department announced the daily guest rate increase in a message to 2016 members today. See it below:

We are 2 days from Opening Day, Pool Members!
Our team is busy getting everything ready for Saturday, in anticipation of a fun weekend.
Please remember our guest pass rates have changed to:
$15 adults
$10 children ages
Booklets are no longer available

Of course cash payments for guest passes helps hurry the entry line. 
I wanted to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for signing up for the Maplewood Community Pool! 
Also, thank you to the generous members that made donations upon registering.  Your kindness has allowed families who otherwise couldn’t join us this summer become members and make memories.
We look forward to seeing you and your families on Saturday as we kick off our 50th year, and unofficially ‘summertime’ in Maplewood!

Kindest Regards,
Missi

Melissa Mancuso
Interim Director of Recreation and Cultural Affairs
Township of Maplewood

LIBRARY STUFF TODAY: STORYTIME TO MEDICAL FRAUD PREVENTION


Preschool Storytime

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Main Library * Ages 2 ½ – 5 * Drop In
Thursdays @ 11-11:30 am: 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26

 

Create Space – Maplewood Library’s Makerspace is Open!

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hilton Branch – Every Tuesday 5:00-8:00 pm, Thursday 5:00-8:00 pm, and Saturday 10-1 pm. Patrons can use Rhino 3D software to build a model, print an object on our 3D printer or use our new color printer or laminator.  There are also Snap Circuits, Squishy Circuits, littleBits and SparkFun kits for the kids. Raspberry Pi single board computers are also available to learn more about computer science.  More information about the Create Space…

 

Medicare Fraud

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Main Library – Angela Ellerbe of Senior Medicare Patrol will explain in three easy steps how senior, their families and caregivers can prevent, detect and report health care fraud. 
The Senior Medicare Patrol is designed to improve the quality of healthcare for senior citizens in New Jersey by educating them about Medicare and Medicaid so that they can take the appropriate steps to avoid fraud, waste and abuse.  Open to the public.  No registration needed.

TC CONSIDERS EXPANDING PARKING TO TWO HOURS ON SOME VILLAGE STREETS

If you park in Maplewood Village, you may get more time to wander the shops if a proposal to expand parking by an hour on some streets is approved.

At the last Township Committee meeting, TC member Nancy Adams proposed changing the one-hour parking on Baker Street, and Highland and Inwood places to two hours. She said she had been given a petition from many merchants asking for the change.

"I think it makes complete sense," said Mayor Vic Deluca. "It's actually hard for us to enforce one hour."

TC member Greg Lembrich agreed, but added: "I'd like to give an opportunity with some public notice to give people a chance to express their feelings.

The governing body directed that a related ordinance to that effect be considered at the next TC meeting in June.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

MAPLEWOOD POLICE HELP CATCH CARJACKERS WHO ROBBED LOCAL WOMAN

From Maplewood Police today:

March 25, 2016; Robbery;
At approximately 1 AM,  Maplewood Police Officers Officers Munoz and Dolias observed two vehicles driving erratically on Boyden Ave.  One vehicle was a dark colored SUV and the other was a light colored sedan. Officers were able to check the plate of the sedan and discovered that the vehicle, a 2015 Toyota Corolla was reported  to be a carjacked vehicle out of Newark.  The officers attempted to initiate a stop of the vehicle.  The vehicle was able to elude them and travelled into Union.  A few minutes later Union Police Department officers observed the vehicle and pursued it from Stuyvesant Ave onto Chancellor Ave.  The vehicle and it’s driver crashed the vehicle in the area of Chancellor Ave and Elizabeth Ave in Newark.  William Alvarado-Jones, age 19 of Newark was arrested  while attempting to flee from the vehicle. 
While the initial police action was transpiring, The Maplewood Police Department Communications Center  received a report of a woman screaming in the area of Franklin Ave and Rutgers St in Maplewood.  When officers arrived on scene to investigate, they were approached by an adult female victim who reported that she was just robbed.  The  victim reported that she was sitting in her vehicle in the driveway of a home on Rutgers St while using her cell phone when her vehicle was approached by two black males wearing partial masks.  One of the males opened the door to her vehicle, demanded she get out and then took her phone and a bag that was in the vehicle.  The males then fled to two waiting vehicles  described as a dark colored SUV and the other a light colored sedan and drove off at a high rate of speed.  The victim was not injured.
 Due to the circumstances it was believed that the Toyota Corolla and Mr Alvarado-Jones were involved in the robbery, just prior to Maplewood officers attempting to stop him.  As a result of additional information developed by the Maplewood police Detectives through investigation, Mr Alvarado-Jones was charged with eluding, robbery, and conspiracy and he was processed and transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility. The investigation is ongoing at this time.


MAPLEWOOD POOL MEMBERSHIP ON STEADY DECLINE AS 2016 SEASON READYS TO OPEN

As the Maplewood Pool readies to open for another season this weekend, membership has been on a sharp decline for the past five years, according to the Township.

Records indicate that in the last five years, the annual membership has dropped about 18%, from 8,681 in 2010 to 7,101 in 2015. That's a loss of 1,580 members.

So far for 2016, 4,755 memberships have been purchased. But they can be bought through August.

See the annual breakdown HERE.

The Township revealed in March that the pool had lost money during each of the last three seasons, to the tune of $140,000. To counter that trend, the Township has allowed Township employees who do not live in Maplewood to join the pool this year. 

Asked about the decline, Township Administrator Joe Manning stated:

The main reason that the pool “lost” money is that it is now paying off a bond which was used for the renovation of the pool decking and other capital projects at the pool. The pool fund pays about $130K for the bond and another $30K for interest each year and will do so for I think until 2021 (not sure of the exact year and would have to look it up). Once that is paid off the cash flow should be in the black. The TC and the pool advisory committee are seeking ways to shore up the finances of the pool.

Fees were last raised in 2012, by 30%, in part to pay for the water slides and some $1 million in renovations to the pool and locker rooms.

See the current fees and how to join HERE.

LIBRARY BABY LIT TODAY

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Hilton Branch * Ages birth – 2 ½ * Drop In
Wednesdays @ 11-11:20 am: 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

PROPERTY TAX REASSESSMENT MEETING TONIGHT

From the Township:

7:30PM at Town Hall


Representatives from Appraisal Systems Inc. (ASI) will give a presentation on the upcoming reassessment. They will answer questions regarding residential homes reassessment, the reassessment process, provide contact information, etc. The meeting will be broadcasted live through the Township of Maplewood's YouTube channel. FiOS (Ch. 24) and Comcast (Ch. 35) customers can also watch the meeting. We'll accept questions, live, at the following email address: askthetc@twp.maplewood.nj.us

SCARY HOME INVASION, ROBBERIES LEAD POLICE WEEK

From Maplewood Police Today:

May 18, 2016; Robbery; At approximately 5 AM a male broke into a home in the 20’s block of Orchard Rd.  He proceeded to threaten a resident with a handgun and demanded money. A scuffle ensued with family members and the actor fled from the home. After a lengthy search of the area, the actor, Dayjah Mobley age 19 of Maplewood, was located by Officer Henry Wasielewski in a backyard on Midland Blvd and with the assistance of other officers, he was taken into custody.  The handgun was also recovered.  No life threatening injuries were reported as a result of the incident.  Mr. Mobley was charged with aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, criminal mischief and possession of stolen property.  He was transported to Essex County Correctional Facility.  Preliminary investigation suggests the incident was not a random act.

May 18, 2016; Bicycle Theft; Between 4 PM and 5:30 PM a bicycle was stolen from Underhill Field on Garfield Pl.

May 19, 2016; Theft from Auto; During the overnight hours, an unsecured vehicle parked on Menzel Ave was entered.  A wallet and Ipod were reportedly stolen.

May 20, 2016; Burglary; During the overnight hours, a home on Overlook Terr was entered.  Several items including a purse were stolen from the first floor.

May 20, 2016; Theft from Auto; During the overnight hours, an unsecured vehicle parked in the rear of a Vermont St residence was entered.  A wallet with cash and credit cards was reportedly stolen from the vehicle.

May 22, 2016; Robbery; At approximately, 9:50 PM, a 23 year old male walking on Valley St was robbed in the area of Rynda Rd.  The victim was walking home to South Orange when he was approached by two black males, possibly in their early 20s.  The males punched him and took his bag before fleeing.  No injuries were reported.

May 22, 2016; Robbery; At approximately, 10 PM, a 20 year old male was approached by four black males in the area of Kensington Terr.  The males surrounded him, began kicking and punching him and then took his phone from his pocket before fleeing.  No serious injuries were reported and the victim was evaluated by the Fire Department but refused medical attention.


May 17, 2016; Package Theft; At approximately 2 PM a package was stolen from an apartment complex at 747 Valley St.