Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Just two more days left to take our Township Committee candidates survey.

Simply asking which two of the three candidates in the June 2 primary you plan to vote for.

Nancy Adams, Greg Lembrich or Jerry Ryan?

Free, anonymous and quick.

Take it HERE

Results Friday.



Maplewoodstock Music &Arts Festival Canopy Policy 

Thank you.  Your enthusiastic support of our festival has swelled from a few dozen people 12 years ago to a crowd of 5,000 strong!  But, with growth comes with some growing pains. 

Over the last few years, we’ve had larger and earlier-arriving crowds -- and an ever-growing number of canopies (including tents, gazebos, and umbrellas) and people spreading down the hill towards the stage. 

We understand the desire for shade and the passion to enjoy the performances.  However, the increasing numbers of canopies block the view of the stage for those attendees further up the hill. In addition, the crowds have made it difficult for medical personnel to reach people in the case of an emergency.  We have matured as a festival to the point where we need to establish a firm policy regarding canopy placement and space usage in general. 

Beginning with the 2015 festival: 

1.      We will establish a “Canopy Zone” -- a clearly marked area on the hill in which canopies may be set up.  No canopies (including tents, gazebos, and umbrellas) may be situated outside the Canopy Zone.

2.      To ensure sightlines, only open-sided canopies are allowed.  Close-sided structures of any type are prohibited.

3.      No canopy may exceed a 10’ x 10’ area.  In addition, to ensure sightlines, canopies must be raised to a height of no less than 7 feet (ground to bottom of canopy top).

4.      Arts, Food, and Kid Zone vendors will not be affected by this policy.

5.      We will establish 3-4 (clearly-marked) aisles of passage down and across the hill that will remain absolutely free and clear of any furniture, blankets or any other material.

6.      We will proactively enforce this new policy.

Our aim is to ensure that everyone can enjoy the festival with equal access. As we continue to evolve, we strive to provide our community with an increasingly amazing festival experience. Thank you for your continuing support of this wonderful, free community event.


We at are saddened to hear of the death of Angelo Vayas, owner of Village Trattoria and a great Township friend.

See his obituary HERE.

Tributes have been pouring in from several areas.

From CHS Cougar Boosters:

Since the beginning of the CHS Booster Club Golf Tournament, Angelo has participated as a player, and generously offered prize packages for the raffle to help us raise money for the kids.   He always said, every year with no hesitation "Whatever you need, I'm in".  That’s the kind of guy he was.  He always thought about others, and how he could give back to help the community. 

For as long as I can remember, Angelo’s restaurant was a sponsor of the little league teams in town. One year, I coached a team that both our sons played on, and not only did he sponsor the team, but he also showed up at all the games and the practice to show his support and to help out in any way possible. When the team would get a win, the celebration would always be at Angelo’s restaurant, and he would always insist it be his treat. Again, that’s the kind of guy he was.

From the Maplewood Chamber of Commere:

It is with much sadness that I share the news of the passing of Angelo
Vayas, owner of Village Trattoria. Angelo has been a fixture in Maplewood
Village for over 20 years. His commitment to the Maplewood/South Orange
community has been extraordinary. 

His memorial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Morrow Church in Maplewood, with a family receiving of friends today at Jacob Holle Funeral Home in Maplewood, 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. .

More on that HERE.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015



From Ian Grodman today:

This year, for the first time in many, the Maplewood Democratic Committee was fortunate to have the opportunity to choose from eight candidates who expressed an interest in seeking the endorsement of the Committee for the June 2, 2015 Primary Election for Township Committee. All of those seeking the endorsement were talented and politically engaged. In the end, the Committee chose to endorse the two most engaged, and most involved in and knowledgeable about our community, Nancy Adams and Jerry Ryan. I urge all Democratic Voters to vote for them in the June 2 Primary Election.

I was fortunate to meet both Nancy and Jerry when I first moved to Maplewood 19 years ago. Nancy lived around the corner from me, and as a local community organizer and activist who founded the College Hill Neighborhood Association AND the Springfield Avenue Partnership the year we moved here, she made her presence known almost immediately after my wife and I moved here! Nancy’s passion, advocacy and talents soon led to her starting a career in downtown redevelopment, and those talents have been put to good use in Maplewood, South Orange, West Orange, Red Bank and Long Branch. A thoughtful and vocal member of the Maplewood Planning Board, she continues to be a leader in our community, and in our schools, which the youngest of her five children still attends.

Soon after my moving here, Jerry Ryan became one of the then youngest mayors in the State of New Jersey. Jerry served as Mayor for three years, and is in his second decade of service as a member of the Township Committee. His knowledge of Maplewood comes not only through his experience as a member of the Township Committee, the Planning Board, the Community Coalition on Race, the Strollers, and many other local organizations and boards, but through his ability to listen to, analyze, and process complex information in solving problems. When I first began my term on the Township Committee, Jerry was the one who was always there to help “the new guy,” and was a tremendous source of support and encouragement to someone who was just learning the ropes. Jerry is the father/step father to six children, one of whom is still attending middle school here.

Maplewood will be well served by these two humble and dedicated public servants, whose commitment to Maplewood has been apparent in everything they have done in the community for many years. Please join me in voting for Nancy Adams and Jerry Ryan for Township Committee in the Primary Election on June 2. 

Thank you,

Ian R. Grodman

Chair, Maplewood Democratic Committee


The spirit of reggae legend Bob Marley will come to Maplewoodstock this year as his former band, The Wailers, headlines day one of the music festival, according to the band's website.

While Marley passed away in 1981, the Wailers, which he help found in 1962, rock on.

Check out their music below:


Another great Duck Race on Monday.

See our video highlights below: