Tuesday, July 31, 2012


A new, creative way to create at the library.

Hilton Craft Program: Duct Tape

July 31, 2012
4:00 pmto5:00 pm
Hilton Branch – Grades 6 & Up.  Register at Hilton Branch Teen Zone.


Only a few hours left to find Waldo in local stores and earn your spot in the drawing for a bunch of his books.

4 p.m. at Words in Maplewood Village.

More HERE.

Monday, July 30, 2012


Maplewood Police issued this today:

July 24,2012, Burglary; An Orchard Rd resident reports that sometime during the overnight a screen to an open window was lifted and a wallet stolen from the first floor of the residence.

July 24,2012, Disorderly Persons; On this date, Officers observed Sydir Baptist acting in a  disorderly manor on Jacoby St.  Officers attempted to place him under arrest and he resisted.  He was taken into custody.  Tiffany Baptist was also taken into custody for assaulting an officer and attempting to interfere with her son’s arrest.  A third individual, Hensly Jeanty was arrested on scene for disorderly conduct and attempting to interfere in the arrests.

[Police issued an unusual release on this case Friday, which mentioned a video that has yet to be released]

July 25, 2012, Motor Vehicle Theft; During the overnight hours, a vehicle was stolen from a rear Church Parking lot on Parker Ave.  The vehicle was recovered on 07/27 by Newark Police Department.

July 27, 2012, Burglary; A third floor apartment on Springfield Ave was reportedly burglarized during the daytime.  Several pieces of jewelry, an Ipad and purses were reported taken.  The Detective Bureau responded and is investigating.


Our own Harrington Moving and Storage got some national attention today in a New York Times story on people throwing out pianos.

This from the story:

The value of used pianos, especially uprights, has plummeted in recent years. So instead of selling them to a neighbor, donating them to a church or just passing them along to a relative, owners are far more likely to discard them, technicians, movers and dealers say. Piano movers are making regular runs to the dump, becoming adept at dismantling instruments, selling parts to artists, even burning them for firewood.
“We bust them up with a sledgehammer,” said Jeffrey Harrington, the owner of Harrington Moving & Storage in Maplewood, N.J.


Information:Monday, July 30 from 7 - 8:30 PM, it's The Well Fed Trio (John Straus on drums, Joel Perry on guitar, and Jim Buchanan on bass) playing jazz at the Parkwood Diner on Springfield Ave in Maplewood . We love musicians sitting in. BYOB and have some good food and fun. 

Address:1958 Springfield Ave


Computer Help at Hilton Branch!

July 30, 2012
10:00 amto2:00 pm
 Are you doing research? Studying? Looking for a job? The Hilton Branch Computer Lab is opening it’s doors for specific hours this summer and will have Mr. Opemipo (“Ope”) Sokan, a 2nd year student at Fairleigh Dickinson University, there to assist you.
Come in during the following times through August 25th:
Mondays 10 – 2,  Tuesdays 12 – 2, Wednesdays 10 – 1:30, Thursdays 10 – 2

Marvelous Mondays at Hilton

July 30, 2012
11:00 amto1:30 pm
Drop in * Hilton Branch
Drop in on Mondays for a fun craft any time between 11am-1:30pm. A different craft each week!
Mondays 7/2; 7/9; 7/16; 7/23; 7/30 and 8/6

Kids Video Book Reviews

July 30, 2012
4:00 pm
* Main Library * All ages * Registration required
Make your own video for our new website.  Talk about your favorite book or author!  Will include practice time and filming. Signed parental permission slip required.
Choose from the following: Thurs 7/5; Mon 7/30 or Thurs 8/9

Ghost Hunting 101

July 30, 2012
7:00 pm
Join L’Aura Hladik (“The Ghostchick”), founder and director of the NJ Ghost Hunters’ Society, the largest paranormal investigating organization in New Jersey, as she explains how we can see and hear actual ghosts using everyday technology.  Main Library – Grades 6 & up.

Sunday, July 29, 2012


Good News-Record story on the ongoing need of the Maplewood First Aid Squad.

The squad says it isn't getting the support it needs from the township, and is having trouble staying open due to a lack of money, old equipment and a shortage of volunteers.

Some squad members say they are not willing to give up what they have built so far, so they go about their work with positive attitudes and determination.

"I love this job," said Igor Lyulev, a certified EMT. "We talk, we train, and we go out on calls. I love the environment with all my heart, but we could use some help because we are doing this out of the kindness of our hearts."


Tom Kerns, one of the Maplewoodstock organizers and Maplewood Public Works Director Eric Burbank have weighed in on the memorial bench situation with these comments on MOL.

  • Folks

    This is being taken care of. The appropriate people in town were notified as soon as it happened. I am not involved in the process, but I am a member of the Maplewoodstock committee and we were informed that this unfortunate accident is being rectified. I just may take a little time.

  • The responsible party is going to take care of paying for it. We were notified by them as soon as it happened. We have contacted the company that made the bench and they were scheduled to come out and look at it to see if they could repair it. We will be following up on Monday with the company to see what the status is.

    Eric Burbank

Friday, July 27, 2012


Maplewood Police on Friday issued the following release about three Jacoby Street arrests resulting from an alleged incident that was apparently caught on video. 

Still seeking more info, and the video, but here is the latest from the cops themselves:


From his obituary:

Kohl Douglas Angelo

Kohl Douglas Angelo

Born in Livingston, NJ on Jun. 12, 2000
Departed on Jul. 24, 2012 and resided in Maplewood, NJ.
Service: Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012
11:00 am
Cemetery: Private
Please click on the links above for locations, times, maps, and directions.

On Tuesday, July 24, 2012, surrounded by his loving family, Kohl Douglas Angelo, 12, of Maplewood, N.J., was granted his angel wings after fighting a valiant battle with cancer.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Christ Church, 561 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ. Private Interment will follow.

Kohl, along with his triplet brothers Austin and Branden, were born in Livingston, NJ to loving parents, Kelly and Peter Angelo. With his bright personality, Kohl was a straight A student at the Maplewood Middle School, a star striker for the Cougar Soccer Club travel team, an accomplished viola and piano player, and an avid Xbox player. He was a loyal friend who was filled with kindness. Kohl loved classical music, especially Mozart, the band Coldplay, the color yellow, and his naughty dog, Haley. Kohl dazzled everyone with his winning smile, quick wit and dry sense of humor, all of which he inherited from his grandfather, Doug. Kohl lived life to the fullest and touched many hearts in his short life. We are all in awe of his strength and courage.

Kohl is survived by his parents, Kelly and Peter Angelo; brothers, Austin and Branden; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Angelo of Clark, NJ and Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Koehler of Boynton Beach, FL; and many other loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kohl's name to: HK C.A.R.E./Kohl Angelo, HK Community Fund, 515 Valley Street, Suite 130, Maplewood, NJ 07040 http://www.hkcommunityfund.org/

Thursday, July 26, 2012


July 26th, 2012

Baby Lit

July 26, 2012
10:15 amto10:35 am
Ages birth – 2 years * Main Library *
Registration required * All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tuesdays 7/3; 7/10; 7/17; 7/24
or Thursdays 7/5; 7/12; 7/19; 7/26

Preschool Storytime & Craft

July 26, 2012
11:00 amto11:40 am
Ages 2 1/2-5 * Main Library *
Registration required * All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Wednesdays 7/11; 7/18; 7/25 and 8/1
or Thursdays 7/5; 7/12; 7/19 and 7/26

Computer Help at Hilton Branch!

July 26, 2012
12:00 pmto2:00 pm
 Are you doing research? Studying? Looking for a job? The Hilton Branch Computer Lab is opening it’s doors for specific hours this summer and will have Mr. Opemipo (“Ope”) Sokan, a 2nd year student at Fairleigh Dickinson University, there to assist you.
Come in during the following times through August 25th:
Mondays 10 – 2,  Tuesdays 12 – 2, Wednesdays 10 – 1:30, Thursdays 10 – 2

Craft Program: Jute Basket

July 26, 2012
3:30 pmto4:30 pm
Main Library - Grades 6 & Up.
Weave a small basket with jute and beads.  Register at Main Library Teen Zone.


July 26, 2012
4:00 pm

* Main Library * Registration required * Ages 6 and up
Learn Scratch, the computer animation program that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, and games.  Parents will work with their child.  Limited to 6 family teams. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Come to one or all of the following sessions:
Fri 7/13 @ 3:30pm, Thurs 7/26 @ 4pm, & Mon 8/6 @4pm

Hands on Science/Owl Pellets

July 26, 2012
4:00 pmto5:00 pm
* Hilton Branch * Ages 6-10 * Registration required *
Owls have very unusual diets!  You can find out what your owl ate as you hunt for the bones and feathers of their prey!  Yum!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Our own Lorena's and Verjus once again made the NJ Monthly list of top 25 restaurants in the state.

The magazine said:


Until May 10, Lorena’s was Lorena and Humberto Campos Jr.’s only baby. Now there is Liam Thomas Campos, too. Anticipating the arrival, Humberto hired a talented chef de cuisine, Martin Rangel, who had worked at Bouley. This freed the boss to do more with local farms and work the bounty into the menu. Humberto’s sensuous, even sexy, French-influenced food, continues to dazzle: consider Barnegat scallops over parsnip purée with capers, pine nuts and raisins and a green-apple glaze. Meanwhile, the Camposes hired a noted Hamptons designer, Greg McKenzie, to redo the dining room, which now has a burnished bronze look graced by original paintings by Dora Maar, Picasso’s famous muse.  
168 Maplewood Ave, 973-763-4460, restaurantlorena.com


With his French training (under the great Jean Jacques Rachou of Le Côte Basque), chef/co-owner Charles Tutino cooks a lot of dishes you think you know, not all of them French—roasted chicken with tarragon, mulligatawny soup, bouillabaisse, steak frites. He may tweak them a bit (like gazpacho with lemon-Sriracha sorbet, or a bluefish niçoise), but one way or another this modest, self-effacing chef makes you sit up in your chair and think, I never knew this could taste so good. Most appetizers are $8-$13, most entrées under $30. Add Verjus’s small, discerning, reasonably priced wine list; the quiet, comfortable room; and the warmth of host Jane Witkin, Tutino’s wife, and you have a lunch, brunch or dinner to treasure.  
1790 Springfield Ave, 973-378-8990, verjusrestaurant.com

See more HERE.


More than two weeks since this memorial bench was destroyed at Maplewoodstock and no one has even seen to pick up the pieces, let alone repair it.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Just a reminder, the Maplewood Pool closes at 5 p.m. today for in-service training of the great staff. 

If you want some end-of-day cooling of, better get over there now.


Saddest news I have heard in a long time, the brave 12-year-old Kohl Angelo, who was battling brain cancer and had a generous community of family and friends who supported him and held several fundraisers to help his parents defray medical bills, passed away Tuesday.

PATCH reports it HERE.

This Maplewood youngster and his family showed true courage and allowed our community to help them out as many did. We were lucky to go to one of the benefit auctions and enjoyed meeting all involved. Hug your kids a bit harder today, I know I will.


Let me start by saying I am a huge fan of the Maplewood Library and its programs for children, many of which my kids use every week. This summer, the library has been something of a day camp for them, with both using program after program.

I also routinely list them on my site as regular readers know.

Among these programs is the African Pen Pals, a great opportunity for children to correspond with kids from another culture about their way of life. My kids have participated in this and will continue to.

The last batch of letters received last week, these from Kenya, included one that caught my eye more than most when my 11-year-old daughter showed it to me.

It included a mention of the local custom of male and female circumcision. The male circumcision did not cause much concern to me as that is pretty accepted in this country, even if it is also controversial. But female circumcision, for those who do not know, is basically forced mutilation of female genitals to deny sexual pleasure.

The World Health Organization has called it a "violation of human rights."

I was somewhat surprised that this letter was given to my daughter.

When I contacted the library director, I was told that letters in this program, which dates back more than four years, are always reviewed.

But this batch did not get to be reviewed because it was received less than a day before the children met to receive them. It sounds as if this was a simple mistake and not a common occurrence.

I remain a supporter of the library and this program, but wanted to share this incident and ask if any other parents had come across questionable letters given to their children.

I believe the program is solid and the library director, Sarah Lester, said she stands by it.


Date:July 24th, 2012
Information:Ages birth - 2 years. Must be accompanied by an adult. 
In-person pre-registration required.

Address:51 Baker Street
Phone:973-762-1622 ext 5005
Contact:Maplewood Memorial Library kids@maplewoodlibrary.org

Monday, July 23, 2012


Severe Thunderstorm Watch until Mon, 11pm EDT

Next 6 hours

Showers and thunderstorms will become less widespread around 5pm. Decreasing cloudiness with temperatures eventually falling into the low 80s. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Hourly Details


This issued today form Maplewood Police:

July 18, 2012, Robbery; At 1020 PM, three males were sitting in front of an Elmwood Ave residence when they were approached by three teenagers.  The teens initially asked the time, before producing a handgun and demanding wallets and cell phones from the individuals.  They fled on foot into Irvington.

July 22, 2012, DUI/Hit and Run, Witnesses observed a white Expedition strike a tree on Tuscan Rd before fleeing the scene.  The witness was able to provide a description and follow the vehicle.  The vehicle and it’s operator, Arlin Coleman were located on Boyden Ave and Mr Coleman was arrested for driving under the influence.

July 16,2012, Warrant Arrest; Following a motor vehicle stop on Burnett Ave, Kennith Drayton of Irvington NJ was arrested on an outstanding criminal warrant issued by Union Township.

July 17, 2012, Weapons Arrest; Raymonson Raymond, a Boyden Ave resident was arrested for being in possession of a knife.

July 19, 2012, Warrant Arrest, Following a motor vehicle stop on Valley St, Dion Whatley of Orange NJ, was arrested on an outstanding traffic warrant.


Just got this notice from the township:

3rd quarter 2012 property taxes are due August 1, 2012.  If you have already paid these charges or your mortgage company pays your property taxes, please disregard this e-mail. 

You may confirm that payment has been received or make a payment at any time by going to the Township web site at www.maplewoodnj.org.  Go to the “online payments” menu and view whether or not your tax account is up to date.  If you wish to make a payment, you may continue as directed.  Either the payment will be deducted electronically from your checking account or you may pay by credit card.  Please be aware there are varying fees charged for the use of online payments.

If you are making payments through your own bank’s online bill payment system, be aware that those payments are mailed to our office and are not processed electronically.   Please check with your bank and allow enough time for the post office to deliver before the end of the grace period.

All payments are processed based on the date received and not the postmark.  The last day of the grace period is August 10, 2012.  After August 10th, interest is calculated retroactive to the original due date of August 1st.  Payments are applied to all outstanding interest first and then the oldest open principal next.  Remaining principal balances will be considered delinquent and accrue additional interest.  All payments that are returned or rejected by the banks will be reversed and treated as never being received.  Penalties and interest may apply at the time of repayment.

If you are making payments in-person, please remember that our office hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Our office is also open until 7:00 pm on the first and third Tuesday of every month except for the months of June, July and August.  In-person payments may be made by cash, check or money order.  We do not accept credit card payments in the office at this time.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Tax Collector’s Office.

Do not respond to this email with questions or comments.


Information:The Well Fed Trio -- Joel Perry on guitar, John Straus on drums, and guest bassist Ron Naspo -- will play jazz at the Parkwood diner in Maplewood from 7 - 8:30 PM on Monday July 23. Musical guests will add to the good time, too. Enjoy the food and music . BYOB.

Address:1958 Springfield Ave


Don't forget to stop by this great event each week.

Come and shop the Maplewood Farmers Market today Monday, July 23rd from 2 pm to 7 pm, located on Springfield Avenue at Indiana Street.


Marvelous Mondays at Hilton

July 23, 2012
11:00 amto1:30 pm
Drop in * Hilton Branch
Drop in on Mondays for a fun craft any time between 11am-1:30pm. A different craft each week!
Mondays 7/2; 7/9; 7/16; 7/23; 7/30 and 8/6

Monday Movies at Hilton

July 23, 2012
2:30 pmto5:00 pm
* Hilton branch * All ages ▪ Mondays @ 2:30-4pm
School age movies….Drop in, enjoy the cool air and some popcorn!
July 2 Horton Hears a Who!
July 9 Fantastic Mr. Fox
July 16 Bob the Builder
July 23 Astro Boy

Teens Read to Kids

July 23, 2012
3:30 pmto4:30 pm
Registration Required * Main Library 
Kids ages 4-9, Teens entering grades 6 & Up
Kids: A fun opportunity to hear some great stories! Teens: Help out in the community by reading picture books to kids ages 4 to 9.  Come at 3:30 to pick a book and practice before the 4:00 storytime. Teens should emailteens@maplewoodlibrary.org to register and be prepared to arrive at 3:30 to practice.
Teens Read GLOBAL EDITION: Dates marked with ** are brought to us  in collaboration with Global SOMA, an organization that celebrates Maplewood & South Orange as diverse and international communities.  Register at Main Library Teen Zone.
Mondays 7/2**; 7/9; 7/16**; 7/23

Pillowcase Painting Story and Craft

July 23, 2012
7:00 pmto7:45 pm
Ages 6-12 * Registration required * Parents must stay and help *
Bring your own pillowcase or other fabric to decorate with fabric paint.  This is a messy craft, so please bring a painting shirt!
Register for one of the following at Main Library:
Mon 7/23 @ 7pm or Tues 7/24 @ 3pm

Sunday, July 22, 2012


....Scanner reports dog running around near Valley and Harvard, police responding...

Saturday, July 21, 2012


Ran into Township Committee Members Jerry Ryan, Marlon Brownlee and Kathy Leventhal this morning in one of their great "Talk to the Township Committee" stops outside the main post office.

As we chatted, the Village was coming alive for day two of the Sidewalk Sales.

Check it out and support our local businesses.



Great event

Information:For the past several years Dr. Eva Bouzard-Hui, EdD, has taught art to prisoners in New Jersey. She will present prints of the prisoners work in an art show sponsored by 3rd Saturday Arts at Ethical Cultural Society of Essex, 516 Prospect Street, Maplewood. The opening will be from 7:30 to 9:30 PM Saturday, July 21. 

There will 41 prints creating a sense of the artistic variation in the prisoners' two dimensional visual artwork and will stay on display through Sunday, September 9th. The prints will be offered for a $25 donation to the Society from which 50% will be provided Eva for reimbursement of the cost of materials for her class. Admittance to the show is free. 

The following is from Eva's website: 


Friday, July 20, 2012


Star-Ledger reports in a big Page One story today:

TRENTON — New Jersey’s unemployment rate climbed to a two-year high in June, pushing the state farther above the national average even though nearly 10,000 new jobs were added, the state labor department said today.
The state’s jobless rate rose from 9.2 percent to 9.6 percent, its biggest month-to-month spike in three years. New Jersey hasn’t been this far above the national average in more than three decades. The nation’s unemployment rate for June was 8.2 percent.
Christie administration officials said what matters is that New Jersey has gained 24,300 jobs in the last two months. The state is still shaking off its post-recession hangover, they said, and in the meantime the jobless rate is climbing because people who had given up on the job market are hunting for work again.


Thursday, July 19, 2012


Something for everyone today.....

July 19th, 2012

Baby Lit

July 19, 2012
10:15 amto10:35 am
Ages birth – 2 years * Main Library *
Registration required * All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tuesdays 7/3; 7/10; 7/17; 7/24
or Thursdays 7/5; 7/12; 7/19; 7/26

Preschool Storytime & Craft

July 19, 2012
11:00 amto11:40 am
Ages 2 1/2-5 * Main Library *
Registration required * All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Wednesdays 7/11; 7/18; 7/25 and 8/1
or Thursdays 7/5; 7/12; 7/19 and 7/26

Between the Covers: Short Story Time for Adults

Amanda Eigen
July 19, 2012
12:15 pm
Main Library – Need a little escape from the everyday?  Come enjoy one of the most exciting literary forms!  Bring a brown-bag lunch, relax in our air-conditioned Durand Room, and listen to short stories from a variety of genres, styles and moods, read by librarian Amanda Eigen.  Thursdays July 5 and 19,August 2, 16 and 30.

Craft Program: Tie Dye Journal

July 19, 2012
3:30 pmto4:30 pm
Main Library - Grades 6 & Up. 
Tie dye the cover of your new dream journal.  Register at Main Library Teen Zone.

African Pen Pals Project

July 19, 2012
4:00 pm
* Registration required * Main Library * All ages welcome
Find out about life in rural Kenya. Write a letter to a student at the Ndonyo Wassin School in Isiolo, Kenya and get a letter in return. You may want to read a book about Kenya before coming. For kids who attended previously, stop by and pick up your letter.

Hilton Bingo Thursday

July 19, 2012
6:00 pmto6:45 pm
Hilton Branch * Drop in * All ages
If you know your numbers, you can play!  Drop in and win some prizes!!
Thursdays 6/28, 7/19, 8/9 @ 4-4:45

Hilton Aromatherapy with Pooka Pure & Simple

July 19, 2012
6:30 pm
Hilton Branch - Grades 6 & Up
Learn about how essential oils can boost energy, relieve stress and improve your mood.  You will make your bath salts to take home!  Register at the Main Library Circulation Desk, or by phone at 973-762-1622 ext 5013.


9 a.m. to Noon today is your last chance:

The "Miracle on Baker Street"
Our Turnover Sale, now in its 78th year, is often called "the Miracle on Baker Street" because it’s an amazing event one has to see to believe! 
Our goal is to raise money for mission and charitable projects. In the process two full floors of the church are transformed into a full-fledged department store with a 40x40 tent to add even more space! As a result of our joint labors, we share a great time of camaraderie, fellowship, outreach, and fun.


PATCH has the story:

A driver who lost control of his car while exiting the parking lot of the Parkwood Diner on Wednesday afternoon, crashed into the garage of a house across the street. 
According to Lt. John Tutunjian, the driver experienced a mechanical problem with his car as he drove out of the parking lot, causing him to accelerate into a garage at 71 S. Pierson St.