Tuesday, July 7, 2015


The South Orange Maplewood School District, which has remained mum on the surprise resignation of South Orange Middle School Principal Joseph Uglialoro one week ago, is apparently looking to fill his job from outside.

Or at least look for outside candidates according to a job listing posted on Monday.

The ad, which seeks candidates to respond by July 17th and be available by July 20th, says, in part:

The principal shall lead for equity and excellence in teaching and learning so that every child in every class receives a quality education every day and is prepared for a rigorous high school instructional program. The principal shall provide leadership and managerial oversight to the instructional program and school operations, supervise all certified and non-certified staff assigned to the school, assume responsibility for the management of the school, exercise leadership in school-level planning for improvement of instruction, and establish and maintain an effective learning climate in the school. The principal will also provide leadership in facilitating solid connections and positive public relations within the school community.

See the entire ad HERE.  

When asked last week about who would replace Uglialoro, District Spokeswoman Suzanne Turner emailed: "We will conduct our usual search process."


Local youth sports activists have long known Maplewoodian Chris Nomura as a veteran coach and baseball manager. But he is also a longtime professional opera vocalist, now heading to Broadway.

We asked him about both of these parts of his life and experiences he has had in managing kids on the field and singing on stage.

Listen below as he discusses how coaching has changed, how parents should approach their kids teams, and what it will be mean for him to sing on The Great White Way:


Baby Lit

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Main Library * Ages birth – 2 1/2 * Stories, fingerplays, songs, & more! DROP IN

Hilton Preschool Storytime & Craft

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Hilton Branch * Ages 2 1/2 – 5 * Stories and activities to encourage reading readiness. DROP IN

Kids Create: Superhero Juggling Balls

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Main Library * Ages 6+ * Make your own superheroes and learn how to juggle, all at the same time! Register here

3D Modeling Workshop

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Create Space @ Hilton Branch – Tuesdays Jun 30 – Jul 28, 4pm-5pm – Ages 11 & up
Create 3D models through several fun and engaging techniques using 123D Design, 123D Sculpt and 123D Capture.  Register at: 3dmodelingworkshop.eventbrite.com
Thank you to the Maplewood Library Foundation for funding this workshop.

Create Space – Maplewood Library’s Makerspace is Open!

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hilton Branch – Every Tuesday  and Thursday 5:00-8:00 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…

Monday, July 6, 2015


From The Township:

Just a reminder that there will be a Manta Rays Diving Meet tonight at 6pm. As a result the diving tank will be closed today at 4:30pm. The rest of the facility will remain open as normally scheduled.
Thank you,
Pool Management


From Essex County Prosecutor's Office:

                               PRESS RELEASE
Authorities Investigate Fatal Shooting in East Orange, NJ
Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and East Orange Police Chief William Robinson have announced that authorities are investigating a shooting incident that occurred late Sunday night (7/5/15) in East Orange, NJ.   
A total of four males were shot, one fatally. Shortly before 11:30 p.m., East Orange police officers responded to the 200 block of South Clinton Street on reports of shots fired. Arriving officers located four victims at this location and all of them were transported to University Hospital in Newark. 
One victim, who has been identified as Ahmad M. Crudup, age 22, of Maplewood, was pronounced dead at 11:54 pm, according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly of the Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit. The other three victims were treated for non-life threatening wounds, according to Fennelly. The identities of the surviving victims are not being disclosed at this time for security reasons, according to Fennelly, who added that the surviving victims are males in their early twenties.
This incident is being investigated by the Essex County Prosecutor's Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the East Orange Police Department. The investigation is ongoing and active at this time, according to Fennelly.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Task Force detectives at (877) 847-7432 or (973) 621-4586.

No further information is available at this time.


Farmer's market today at Indiana Street and Springfield Avenue, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Lots of fresh goodies and they take federal WIC assistance coupons.


From NJ.com:

A Maplewood man was killed and three others were wounded in a shooting that broke out late Sunday night, authorities said.
Ahmad Crudup, 22, was pronounced dead at University Hospital just before midnight, about half an hour after the incident on the 200 block of South Clinton Street in East Orange, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and East Orange Police Chief William Robinson said in a statement.

Three other men, all in their early twenties, were also hospitalized after being injured during the shootout. Their wounds are considered non-life threatening, according to Thomas Fennelly, a chief assistant prosecutor with the county's homicide unit.
Fennelly declined to identify the surviving victims, citing "security reasons" and an ongoing investigation by the prosecutor's office's Major Crimes and Homicide Task Force.

No arrests have been made, and authorities have offered no information on any potential suspects or motive for the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Task Force detectives at (877) 847-7432 or (973) 621-4586.