Friday, December 9, 2016

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GAS ODOR EVACUATES SOUTH ORANGE MIDDLE SCHOOL

South Orange Middle School was briefly evacuated Thursday after an odor of gas was discovered. But students were let in shortly after.

See the letter sent to parents by Principal Lynn Irby below:
Dear Parents,
Today, the smell of gas was reported, and as a necessary precaution we notified the South Orange Fire Department. The building was evacuated while the premises were investigated. Upon receiving clearance from the SOFD, staff and students returned to the building. 
I’d like to commend our students for a great job on exiting the building quickly and quietly! I am also grateful to the SOFD for their quick response and assistance.
Thank you

CHS STUDENTS BUSTED ON POT POSSESSION, TEACHER PURSE THEFT

Two Columbia High School students were arrested on separate incidents of marijuana possession and alleged theft of a teacher's purse this week.

Police reports obtained by Maplewoodian.com indicate both incidents occurred on Tuesday, Dec. 6, and resulted in the arrest of two students.

The first incident involved the theft of a purse from a teacher's classroom that was later found in a boy's bathroom. The teacher reported the theft occurred during 6th period and her purse contained paperwork, credit cards, an IPhone 6, and $1,000 cash. 

Another CHS administrator found the purse and police reported that surveillance cameras indicated a male student had been seen taking it into the bathroom.

The student was found and taken into custody, charged with theft. As a juvenile, his identity was not revealed.

The same day, another student, a 17-year-old male, was arrested after an administrator noticed an odor of marijuana as the student passed by in the hall. The administrator searched the student's backpack and found a jar of marijuana and one marijuana cigarette. The student was charged with possession of marijuana.

School district officials did not respond to requests for comment.

POLICE ISSUE PSE&G FRAUD SCAM ALERT

From Maplewood Police:

PSEG "Green Dot Scam " is telephone scam in which PSEG customers are contacted by a fraudulant PSEG representative from telephone number 1-844-350-9995 . The customers are then promted to provide their credit card numbers in order to rectify an over due PSEG bill. Please be vigilant when being contacted by unknown telephone numbers.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

CHS TEACHER LOSES OUT ON PEOPLE'S COURT

Yes, that was Columbia High School physical education teacher Wayne Calendriello on The People's Court Wednesday, where he was accused of stealing CD music.

Watch the clip below at 30:30:



You may recall Calendriello was the teacher the school district tried to fire years ago for a string of actions and poor performance, which included alleged shoplifting during school hours.

A state education department administrative law judge chose instead to suspend him for months. 

He did not fair much better on TV, where the judge there found for the plaintiff against him to the tune of more than $158 in damages.

TODAY SHOW HOST UNDERCOVER IN SOUTH ORANGE?

Did you get one of the free show and game tickets being handed out recently by a mystery "meter maid" in neighboring South Orange?

If you did, know it was Today show co-host Hoda Kotb giving away Mariah Carey and Giants tickets, among others, as part of a segment for the show today taped right along South Orange Avenue. 
See below:

If you are wondering why this would never happen in Maplewood, it's because we don't have parking meters. At least not yet.

TOWNSHIP CLOSER TO SANCTUARY CITY AFTER PUBLIC SUPPORT

The Township Committee moved a step closer to declaring Maplewood a sanctuary city on Tuesday when it agreed to move forward and fashion legislation to be considered in early 2017.

"We can craft an ordinance that makes it clear that unless it's required by law that city funds and resources will not be used to enforce immigration law, that's not our role," Mayor Vic Deluca said at the meeting after a lengthy discussion. "I don't think anyone up here is saying we want to break the law."

TC Member Ian Grodman first proposed the idea on Nov. 14, stating the Township could follow other cities that have stated through resolutions that they will not aid in the federal effort to demonize or arrest residents suspected of being undocumented.

"I have seen and heard the great majority of people living in this community are in favor of it," Grodman said.

His comments followed testimony from several residents who supported the idea. 

See some of those views below:




"I wholeheartedly support this step for Maplewood," TC Member Greg Lembrich said. Fellow Committee Member Nancy Adams added, "I think we need to send a really strong message to Washington."

TC Member India Larrier offered caution, stating: "I'm reserved about making Maplewood a sanctuary city ... I would rather see initially a resolution that would put forth our values as we have in the past." She cited a "welcoming city" designation. 

But the majority directed that legislation be fashioned, with input from the police department, for January consideration.

STORYTIME TO JOB HUNTING AT LIBRARY TODAY

Preschool Storytime

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Main Library * Ages 2 1/2 – 5 * Drop In * All children must be accompanied by an adult
Thursdays @ 11-11:30am:  12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22


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…

Maker Meetup

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Create Space – Join the Maker Movement!  Help with one of our projects, or bring your own ideas. Maplewood Library’s Create Space at Hilton Branch offers a variety of high-tech equipment and software for a multitude of creative applications. The Create Space is outfitted with a Maker Gear 3D printer, a laminator and a color printer, as well as 12 Dell laptops loaded with Rhino 3D CAD and other productivity software.  There are also project kits for experimenting with electronics, circuits and programming.