Friday, March 27, 2015

POST OFFICE REDEVELOPMENT PLAN SURVEY EXTENDED

We have extended the time you can take our Post Office Redevelopment plan survey to Sunday.

So if you have not, cast your view HERE on our anonymous, short and free survey.

Results will be posted Monday and forwarded to the Township Committee.

PORTION OF MAPLEWOOD AVENUE CLOSED

...Scanner indicates Maplewood Avenue is closed between Winthrop and Baker streets, with limited access at Lenox Place....

TOWNSHIP REVIEWING POTHOLE PROBLEMS

If the recent winter weather effect on our pothole problem has you irked, you are not alone. Township Committee Member Jerry Ryan agrees and is pushing for a possible increase in pothole repair supplies.

At the Township Committee meeting last week, Ryan said the TC's Planning and Engineering Committee, which he chairs, is asking for an assessment of the problem to see if more asphalt and repair supplies are needed.

"I brought up the growing and popular topic of the potholes that are all appearing now that the snow is melting and the salt has done its wonderful damage," he said at the March 17 meeting. "We might consider perhaps going out and getting a little extra money to get a little extra asphalt to do some repairs. If you're like me, your constituents are complaining about the potholes."

Ryan said the committee asked Township Administrator Joseph Manning to do an assessment of the pothole issue and need for repairs.

TC member Marlon Brownlee asked about repair costs versus replacement costs for roads. Ryan said, "we're going to have to make some determination."  

Manning pointed out, "the way potholes are repaired, patch versus repair, can make a difference in terms of the longevity of repairs."

Expect more info at the next meeting on April 7.

WOMEN'S HISTORY AT THE LIBRARY

10:00 am – 5:00 pm 

Main Library * All ages * Drop In
March is Women’s History Month, and to celebrate there will be a drop in craft throughout the month where you can color in your own paper dolls of famous women. Stop by the Children’s Room to participate!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

TOWNSHIP EGG HUNT MOVED TO SUNDAY

From the Township today:

Due to inclement weather on Saturday, the Egg Hunt will be rescheduled for this Sunday, March 29

The highlight of the afternoon will be the ever-popular Egg Hunt, as well as a Jelly Bean Guess Contest and prize baskets.  You can even take a picture with the new and improved Bunny! 

The Egg Hunt will take place on Sunday, March 29th at 1:00 pm.  Just like last year, it will be held at Memorial Park North, directly in front of Town Hall along Valley Street. It's going to be Eggsciting! 

VOTING AT FIREHOUSE MOVING TO THE WOODLAND

The Woodland
If you usually vote at the Maplewood Firehouse on Dunnell Road, things are going to change in the June primary.

Township Clerk Liz Fritzen informed the Township Committee last week that Districts 2 and 17, which have been voting at the firehouse, will now be at The Woodland.

"It is entirely our suggestion, my suggestion," she told the Township Committee at last week's meeting. "The Board of Elections has come out and taken a field tour on the change."

She added, "parking is much better at The Woodland ... coupled with the fact that the November vote in the (firehouse) garage is very, very cold ... Every voter in that district prior to June will receive a postcard, and it will indicate in the sample ballot and we will also post signs. We have changed major polling locations in Maplewood over the years and I think for the better."

"I think it's a good idea," Mayor Vic De Luca said.

ESSEX COUNTY RANKS AMONG UNHEALTHIEST PLACES TO LIVE IN N.J.

Essex County ranked near the bottom of healthiest places to live in New Jersey in a new study released this week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that put us 17th out of the state's 21 counties in length of life, quality of life, health care and social and economic factors.

But it did improve.

According to NJ.com:

Essex County improved the most, going from 20th to 17th out of 21 counties, thanks in part because violent crime, the number of uninsured people, and average length of a hospital stay declined. More residents also received mammographies and screenings for diabetes. Essex is still near the bottom, however, because child poverty, unemployment and adult obesity rates rose, according to the study


See the story HERE.

MMS ALUM BEA MILLER'S DEBUT ALBUM OUT IN JULY

Fans of former Maplewood Middle Schooler Bea Miller, who is now taking Hollywood by storm, can mark down July 21 on their calendar.

That's when her debut album, Not an Apology, hits the stores, or, well, the digital music websites.

More on here HERE.

And hear our last podcast in 2014 with her HERE.

See one of the the hit songs from the album below: