Thursday, June 22, 2017

TOWNSHIP ISSUES A "NOTE FROM HOME" TO EXPLAIN YOUR NJ TRANSIT DELAY TO EMPLOYERS

As part of its ongoing efforts to ease the impact of the upcoming NJ Transit Midtown Direct diversion plans that will send most NYC-bound trains to Hoboken, the Township has drawn up what amounts to a "parental letter" to employers that residents can use to explain their lateness or absences.

But if the dog eats your homework, you're still on your own.

See the note, signed by all five Township Committee members, below:

NJ Transit
You can print out your own copy HERE.

WHEN CHS PRINCIPAL AARON WAS A GRADUATE

To help celebrate today's Columbia High School graduation, and the recent tenure of CHS principal Elizabeth Aaron, we reached back to Aaron's high school days to show you what a successful graduate she was in her own right.

An alum of Summit High School (Class of 1988) the former Elizabeth Meola left a great mark at SHS, having been voted Most Likely to Succeed and Done the Most for SHS.

 


Way to go Ms. Aaron, and CHS 2017 grads!

ANOTHER VILLAGE TRAFFIC DISRUPTION TODAY DUE TO POST OFFICE PROJECT

From Maplewood Police:

Northbound traffic on Maplewood Avenue will be closed today between Inwood Place and Durand Road.  Please enter and exit the Ricalton Square parking lot at the north end (Valley National Bank).  There will be two police officers stationed to assist the detour.  This closure is to facilitate connections of the sewer upgrade to the main line.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

POLICE REPORT FIGHT OUTSIDE CHS

From Maplewood Police:

Today, 6/21/17, at approximately 11:35 AM, Officers responded to Columbia High School on a reported fight.  Upon officers’ arrival, no one was observed actively fighting, but there was a large group of students outside of the school.  The group of students was waiting to go back into the school because of the modified schedule today and not because they were involved in a fight.  It was learned that a fight had occurred between two juvenile females in front of the school just prior to officer’s arrival. The individuals involved have been identified and at this time the matter is being handled internally by the school.

TOWNSHIP HIRES OUTSIDE FIRM TO REVIEW JULY 5 POLICE ABUSE CLAIMS

The Township plans to hire an outside investigative firm to review the July 5, 2016, incident in which some Maplewood police were accused of improper behavior.

The Township Committee on Tuesday night voted, 5-0, on a resolution that will retain HillardHeintz of Chicago at a rate of $29,000 to review the incident and policies related to it. The agreement also includes up to $5,850 in expenses for a total of $34,850. No deadline for the review to be completed has been set.

Mayor Vic Deluca referred to it as an "independent assessment" of the incident, "looking at what happened, what policies there were in place at the time, what polices were adhered to, what policies were not adhered to and what we could do better. What we could do so that this would not occur again."

You may recall that police were accused of abusive behavior when dealing with a group of juveniles who had gathered near the corner of Valley Street and Parker Avenue after the Independence Day fireworks that night, July 5, 2016.

The July 4 fireworks were delayed a day due to rain. But after they were held on July 5, many youths gathered at the corner near Columbia High School and the 7-11, sparking police efforts to disperse the crowd. 

Police later reported that four juveniles were arrested on charges including disorderly conduct, obstruction of the administration of law, resisting arrest, and assault of a police officer.

On Aug. 30, 2016, Police Chief Robert Cimino announced that an internal investigation had been launched into claims that police had
acted improperly during the July 5 events. Cimino and Mayor Vic Deluca said last month that the investigation was continuing, but offered no details or any estimation of when it will be completed.

The ongoing investigation had also blocked release of all police reports related to the incident. Public information requests for copies of such reports have been denied.

In September 2016, Maplewoodian.com reported that the Essex County Prosecutor's Office had launched its own investigation into police conduct. That probe ended in April, according to Township Administrator Joseph Manning, who cited a letter from the prosecutor's office that said, in part, "there is insufficient credible evidence to warrant a prosecution in this matter."

But it failed to exonerate the officers, stating only that the investigation "failed to disclose sufficient evidence to clearly prove or disprove the allegation."

Since then, the police department internal investigation has continued with no word on when it might end or any findings.

See the update on the hiring from Township Attorney Roger Desiderio and the TC vote and discussion below:


HILTON NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION ANNIVERSARY CONCERT TONIGHT

From the Hilton Neighborhood Association:

The Hilton Neighborhood Association 
will celebrate its 22nd Anniversary 
tonight at the gazebo on Springfield 
Avenue near the Hilton Branch Library at 7:30 PM. 
Music will be provided by the SWING TOWN Dance Band, conducted by Ben 
Williams. 

Delicious Annniversary cake and drinks will be served to all. This
celebration is open to everyone. Enjoy the big band music, bring a chair or
blanket, and wear your dancing shoes. 
 
Please note: the event will be held on Wednesday, June 21st, not on Thursday 
which is the HNA's usual meeting date. In case of rain, the event will be held 
at DeHart Center, 120 Burnett Avenue. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

OVER 30 MENS BASKETBALL STARTS TONIGHT

From Maplewood Recreation:

Where: Memorial Park Basketball Courts
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays Beginning Tuesday June 20, through August 31
(no programming on Tuesday July 4)

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Who: Open to all Maplewood & South Orange Residents over the age of 30
Cost: $100 payable to Maplewood Recreation Department
On site registration: our staff will be at the Memorial Park basketball courts the first two sessions to register participants. 
Program Description:
With the newly installed lights at the Memorial Park basketball courts, this program will give an opportunity for the gym rats and ballers alike who are looking for a place to “run” during the summer. The Memorial Park Courts will be shut down, and everyone that is registered will have the opportunity to use the courts.
Rules:
  •          All games are played to SEVEN by ones, unless otherwise agreed upon prior to the game starting.
  •          Players must call their own fouls.
  •          Out of bounds is determined by the lines of the court, NOT the fence.
  •          Winning team always stays on the court.
  •          In the event that there are players waiting, someone must call “Next”
  •          No fighting allowed. Anyone who is fighting will be removed from the program without refund.

  •          A MINIMUM of 15 participants will be required for this program to run.

TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE MEETS TONIGHT

The Township Committee meets tonight for their regular bi-weekly meeting with a light agenda that includes proposed new parking limits for a portion of Tuscan Road and discussion of the upcoming NJ Transit Midtown Direct diversion plan.

See the entire agenda HERE.

The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Maplewood Police and Courts building, 1618 Springfield Ave., where they will take place through the summer months.

As always there are also two public comment portions where you can ask a question, give them a piece of your mind or just a pat on the back. Remember, they work for you!