Sunday, September 30, 2012

16 OPEN HOUSES TODAY

If you are looking to move or just want to see what your neighbors are getting for their homes, check out the list HERE.

ESSEX COUNTY EXEC PROMOTES HIMSELF, BUT OFFENDS

Essex County Executive Joe Divincenzo can't help but promote himself in every little way. 

Take this flier (below) for Essex County hazardous waste collection day, which was being handed out at the Maplewood Recycling Center Saturday.

Do we really need his photo on the item?

Two reminders HERE and HERE about what a political hack this guy is.

Also offensive that they declare "Free to all Essex County residents."

This is not free, it is paid for with our tax dollars.



PETITION OPPOSING ARCHBISHOP POWER GRAB

Moveon.org has posted a petition blasting Archbishop John J. Myers -- who oversees Maplewood -- for barring those who disagree with the church's stance on abortion and gay marriage from taking communion.

Check it out HERE and add your name to those opposing this overreaching church power grab.


Saturday, September 29, 2012

ABLE BAKER TURNS ONE, CELEBRATE WITH FREE CAKE

Hard to believe the Able Baker on Maplewood Avenue in Maplewood Village is one year old, but they want you to celebrate with a free slice of cake.

All part of Maplewood Village Customer Appreciation Day, which includes many discounts.

See them HERE.

BASKETBALL LEAGUE INFO IS OUT


Maplewood Recreation Youth Basketball

Open to Maplewood and South Orange boys and girls in grades 3-5. A recreational program focusing on teaching the basics of basketball. Players will learn the skills and fundamentals needed to become a well rounded basketball player through drills and game play. Run by Maplewood Suburban Basketball Coaches Ed Starzynski and OJ Mebude and recreation department staff. The cost for the program is $75 which includes a reversible jersey for each child. Held on Saturday mornings at Maplewood Middle School for 10 weeks beginning Saturday December 1.  Times are 9:00am-10:30am for boys and 11:00am-12:30pm for girls. Dates are: 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 1/5/13, 1/12/13, 1/19/13, 1/26/13, 2/2/13, 2/9/13, 2/16/13. Registration will begin Monday October 1 and will close on Friday November 30. To register, go to https:/ /register.communitypass.net/maplewood.  For more information, please contact the recreation department at (973) 763-4202, or recinfo@twp.maplewood.nj.us.  

CHS FOOTBALL LOSES A TOUGH ONE

Columbia High School lost a tough one to Bloomfield at Bloomfield Friday night, 28-18. But they are not giving up. Next game is Friday, Oct. 5 at East Orange.


Columbia

(2-1-0)
18
9/28/2012

Bloomfield

(3-0-0)
28

 

Columbia (18) at Bloomfield (28) - Football

September 28, 2012 10:19 p.m.
James Lucas rushed for 253 yards and two touchdowns to lead Bloomfied past Columbia, 28-18, last night at home.
Bloomfield opened a 6-0 lead in the first quarter when Isaiah Dockett caught a 33-yard TD pass from Michael Carter. Columbia then scored three TDs before Bloomfield added rushing touchdowns of of four and 49 yards from James Lucas, which where split up by a 48-yard TD run from Michael Carter.


Friday, September 28, 2012

UNDERAGE DRINKERS CAUGHT


...Scanner reports three girls caught drinking underage at Boyden and Springfield avenues...

MAPLEWOODIAN POLITICAL GIVING DOWN THIS YEAR

It looks like Maplewoodians are not giving as much campaign cash as they did four years ago.

According to state data, people from our town gave $525,470 to candidates in 2008 and just $205,922 so far this year. Of course the campaigns are not over yet.

BEATLEMANIA COMING SATURDAY FOR A GOOD CAUSE



Hear them HERE

Thursday, September 27, 2012

BIG JACOBY STREET ISSUES MEETING TONIGHT



This letter to residents earlier this month gives the info on the meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. at De Hart Center.

Victor De Luca

      Mayor


                                                                                                September 2012
To the Resident of the Jacoby Street Area:

The Township has received concerns from you and your neighbors about quality of life issues and a request for the Township to focus more attention to your area. We want you to know that the Township will partner with you to keep your neighborhood as a desirable place to live and raise a family.

Toward that end, on Thursday, September 27th at 7:30pm, the Township will hold a community meeting at the DeHart Community Center. We encourage you to attend. We want to hear your concerns, suggestions and ideas on how to improve the neighborhood. Please encourage your neighbors to come to the meeting as well.

Representatives from the Fire, Police, Health, Building, Public Works, and Engineering Departments will attend and describe Township services that are available to you. They will also discuss how to comply with local ordinances related to property maintenance, noise, animal waste removal and littering. You can always go to the Township’s website for further information or to directly report a concern or service request: www.twp.maplewood.nj.us.

In particular, we have received concerns about car traffic travelling too fast through your neighborhood.  In response, the Township Engineer is preparing plans to install speed humps on Jacoby, 44th, Harding, and Brown Streets. This plan will also be presented at the meeting.

By working together, we can solve the problems that face us today and make Maplewood an even better place to live.  We hope to see you on September 27th at 7:30pm.

                                                                                   
Sincerely,

Victor De Luca
Mayor

SEE WHICH MAPLEWOODIANS ARE GIVING TO THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES

We told you last week that Maplewood ranks 22nd in the state in campaign contributions to President Barack Obama, with some $43,807 from 358 different donors.

Now you can see which of your neighbors is giving to the president through the statewide donor data base.

See HERE.

By the way, Mitt Romney also has some friends in Maplewood, with about 20 donors giving a combined $19,250.

See those HERE.

CITIZENS BUDGET COMMITTEE WANTS YOU

This posted on MOL. I for one welcome this committee as a valuable check and balance.

It has been two years since a Maplewood Citizens' Budget Advisory Committee reviewed the town's budget and provided suggestions to the Township Committee. I write to ask if anyone is interested in joining such an effort this year. 

In past years, the CBAC: 

- Formed sub-committees to mirror the township’s organization (e.g. public safety, recreation) 

- Interviewed the heads of the departments, learned about their operations and reviewed their sections of the budget 

- Followed along with the budget process from October through February or March 

- Ultimately wrote and delivered a set of observations & recommendations to the Township Committee, usually in early February 

I find it to be a valuable education. Working in the CBAC, you get to see close-up how our town works and where the money comes from and goes. You get to know a number of the people who work for the town and you learn about the challenges they handle every day. And frankly, at least in Maplewood, you get a lot of respect for how well the town is managed. 

To be effective in the CBAC, expect to commit between 10 and 20 hours over the 4 to 5 months of the budget cycle, attend a couple of weekend meetings (with coffee & cake of course) and if possible meet with a department head on a weekday. If you can write, that will come in handy when we are preparing a report to the TC. If you can crunch numbers, even better - budgets do have lots of numbers after all. If you want to learn - well, that's what makes it worthwhile. 

Interested? If so, please let me know. If I get a critical mass - 5 or 6 Maplewoodians - then I will start work on a schedule. Feel free to let me know here on MOL or contact me directly at 973-378-3472. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

MAYOR WANTS YOU FOR AN IMPORTANT MEETING

Mayor De Luca is urging residents to attend 


Building ONE New Jersey 
Promoting sustainable, inclusive and economically prosperous communities 2012 Statewide Public Meeting 
Sunday, September 30, 2012 4pm - 6pm (registration begins at 3pm) 
New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center 
97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison, NJ 08837 


He posted this on MOL:
We are having carpools from the rear parking lot at town hall. Gather at 2:45pm. Any questions, leave a message at 973-762-7170 or email me at V.DeLuca@twp.maplewood.nj.us 
More on the event HERE.

MEMORIAL FIELD LIGHTS HAVE ARRIVED

We told you last week that the Township Committee had authorized temporary lights for Memorial Park to make up for the lack of fields at De Hart due to the turf debacle there.

The lights have arrived. The TC had authorized up to $28,000 be spent on them.

Township Administrator Joe Manning said the true cost is $3655.50 per month and estimates the lights will be needed for two and a half months, but perhaps more or less.

At that estimate the cost is expected to be about $9138.75.


Photo by Cole Strupp




EAT TO RAISE MONEY FOR FIRST AID SQUAD

Eat For A Cause! To Support MFAS - 

What:

Dine at the Park Wood Diner and have 10% of your check donated to the Squad!

When:

All day! Wednesday, September 26

Where:

Park Wood Diner, 1958 Springfield Avenue in Maplewood

How Can You Help?

Download this flyer and bring it to eat at the Park Wood Diner on September 26, for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 10% of your check will be donated to the First Aid Squad.

RECREATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETS TONIGHT

Go tell them what you think or find out what they're doing.


Time:
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location:
Conference Room
Address:
Municipal Building
574 Valley Street
Maplewood, NJ 07040

BASKETBALL TRYOUTS ANNOUNCED


This from the Township

Tryouts for the Maplewood Recreation Suburban Basketball Teams will be held on Saturday October 13 and Saturday October 20.
Tryouts are for 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys and girls at the following designated times:

8th Grade Boys:  9:00a-11:00a

7th Grade Boys:  11:00a-1:00p

6th Grade Boys: 1:00p-3:00p

6th, 7th and 8th Grade Girls: 3:00p-5:00p

All tryouts will be held at Maplewood Middle School. You must be a resident of Maplewood to tryout, regardless of which school you attend.

For more information, please contact the recreation department at recinfo@twp.maplewood.nj.us or (973) 763-4202.

Thank You.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

ARCHBISHOP OVERREACHES ON GAY MARRIAGE AND ABORTION

The Archbishop of Newark, John Myers -- whose jurisdiction includes Maplewood -- has overreached again, telling Catholics that if they do not vote "in defense of marriage and life" they should not receive communion.

As a former Catholic, this is a frightening continuation of church leaders overreaching into politics.

See the AP report HERE and below:


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — More than 1 million Roman Catholics in northern New Jersey are being urged to vote "in defense of marriage and life."
Newark Archbishop John Myers will release a pastoral statement to his flock on Tuesday that calls on Catholics to examine how political candidates stand on abortion and "a proper backing of marriage."
Myers also says Catholics who disagree with the church's teaching on marriage should refrain from receiving Holy Communion.
Myers tells The Record newspaper his statement is not intended as an endorsement for either political party.
The archbishop says he's been thinking about issuing a statement on the subject for about a year because he believes there's been a lack of clarity.
The diocese includes churches in Bergen, Hudson, Essex and Union counties

NEW MARSHALL SCHOOL PRINCIPAL NAMED

From the district website:


Bonita Samuels Appointed as New Marshall Principal

Bonita SamuelsThe South Orange Maplewood School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Bonita Samuels as Marshall School Principal.  Ms. Samuels currently serves as the Assistant Principal of South Mountain Elementary School. 

In recommending Ms. Samuels for the position, Superintendent Brian G. Osborne said:  “Among Ms. Samuels many accomplishments at South Mountain are improved intervention and referral services, a system of using assessment information in the primary grades to meet the needs of all students, and supporting a smooth leadership transition at South Mountain.  Ms. Samuels will bring her expansive intellect, deep knowledge of instruction, background in special education, and warm, child-centered leadership style to her new position as Marshall Principal.”    

Ms. Samuels received her BA in Special Education, her MA in Special Education, and her MA in Educational Administration from Jersey City State University. Ms. Samuels served as a teacher of the handicapped for the Jersey City Public Schools from 1992-2001. She joined SOMSD in 2001, where she served as a teacher of special education from 2001-2006. Ms. Samuels briefly left SOMSD to serve as Supervisor of Special Education in the Jersey City Public Schools, and then returned to SOMSD in February 2007 as the Assistant to the Principal at South Mountain Elementary School.  In August 2010, Ms. Samuels was promoted to her current position as the Assistant Principal at South Mountain Elementary School.

Ms. Samuels is scheduled to begin her new role on October 1, 2012.

MAPLEWOOD WOMAN IS A TOP RUTGERS ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCHER

Our own Katie Morey, 2010 graduate of Columbia High School, is now a top agricultural science and plant science major at Rutgers.

She was highlighted in a recent interview for Rutger's Aresty  research program.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

AUTO BREAK-IN THWARTED

...Scanner indicates a car owner on Porter Road stopped a would-be thief who broke into a car, but was caught...

TWO ARMED ROBBERIES AND TWO AUTO THEFTS MARK POLICE WEEK

This just in from Maplewood Police:


September 22, 2012; Robbery, A female reported that at approximately 10 PM she was walking on Irvington Ave and was approached by a male.  The male pointed a handgun at her and demanded her belongings.  She turned over her purse and a bag.  The male then entered a dark colored vehicle and fled into Newark on Tuxedo Parkway.

September 23, 2012; Robbery, A male came to Police Headquarters and reported that he was robbed on Brookwood Dr and approximately 950 PM.  He reports he was walking when a gray vehicle pulled up next to him.  A male wearing a mask exited the vehicle and pointed a handgun at him demanding his belongings.  The actor fled in the vehicle that was occupied by other males with an Ipod and cell phone.


In other crime:


September 18, 2012, Burglary Attempt; An attempted burglary was found at 1130Am after patrols responded to an alarm activation on Garfield Place.  Damage was found to the front door, but no entry was made into the home.

September 20,2012, Motor Vehicle Theft, At approximately 740 AM, a Lexis was taken from in front a mechanics shop on Springfield Ave.  The vehicle contained the owner's wallet and cell phone.

September 20, 2012; Motor Vehicle Theft, a Dodge Caravan was reportedly stolen from a parking lot on Burnett Ave.

September 21, 2012; Robbery, At approximately 7 PM, a male was assaulted and robbed of his backpack by a group of approximately 8 teenagers near Springfield Ave and Chancellor Ave.

September 21, 2012; Attempted Robbery, At approximately 545 AM a Porter Rd resident reports he was approached by a male with his hand in his jacket as if he had a gun.  The male demand the resident’s belongings before fleeing in a white vehicle.  Nothing was taken.


GREAT LIBRARY MONDAYS CONTINUE


Just because Summer is over does not mean the library has backed off.  Look at these great events today:


SO/Maplewood Professionals in Transition


10:15 am
Network with other professionals who are currently unemployed or looking for new career opportunities.  Meetings alternate between guest speakers and career workshops.  Programs are free and open to the public.
This week:  Be Inspired & Don’t Stop Believing in Yourself with Verona native Sue Waldman.Sue is featured in the newly released book, “Jersey Women Mean Business – Big Bold Business Advice”.  An entrepreneur and business owner for 20 years, she shares her journey in moving her life forward as a way to inspire others.

Hilton Drop in Preschool Storytime


11:00 am
Ages 2 and 1/2 – 5  * Hilton Branch *
This is a drop in program — no registration required. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Mondays @ 11am 9/17 & 9/24

Family Lego Club

Lego Creation

7:00 pmto7:45 pm
Main Library * All ages * Drop In
Families are welcome to make their own Lego® creation.  A fun way to relax and spend time together.   Lego® creations are displayed in the Library. All children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING TONIGHT

Check out the agenda below.

And you can always show up and ask questions or speak out on any issue.


BOARD OF EDUCATION
School District of South Orange and Maplewood, NJ
525 Academy Street, Maplewood, NJ  07040

                                                                           AGENDA                                             

  PUBLIC BOARD MEETING        
Monday, September 24, 2012  


7:30 PM
REGULAR MEETING

Call to Order – Announcement of Notice
Roll Call
Pledge of Allegiance
Board Recognition
Approve Board Minutes:  Executive & Public Session Minutes: August 27, 2012


7:35 PM
SUPERINTENDENT’S MONTHLY PROGRESS REPORT ON DISTRICT GOALS


7:50 PM
HEARING OF INDIVIDUALS AND DELEGATIONS


8:20 PM
DISCUSSION

·         2012 NJASK, HSPA and AP Results
·         Capital Plan Update
·         Committee Reports
·         District Goals
·         Board Goals 2012-2013
·         BOE Requests for Budget Analyses 2012-2013
·         2013-2014 School Calendar  
·         Policy 3282 Use of Networking Sites – 1st reading
·         Policy 4282 Use of Networking Sites - 1st reading
·         Policy 7230 Gifts and Corporate Sponsorships – 1st reading
·         Board Of Education Code Of Ethics


9:30 PM
ACTION

2926
Personnel Fiscal

2927
Personnel Substitute

2929
Out Of District Placements - Special Education

2930
Field Trip Destinations

2932
Adopt Committee Charges

2933
Adopt Amended 2012-2013 School Calendar

2934
Adopt 2013-2014 School Calendar

2935
Approve A Research Proposal By A Doctoral Candidate From Rutgers University

2936
Financials



9:45 PM
HEARING OF INDIVIDUALS AND DELEGATIONS


10:00 PM
NEW BUSINESS



Special Workshop of the Maplewood Township Committee, the South Orange Village Trustees and the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2012 in the District Meeting Room at 525 Academy Street, Maplewood, NJ.  No action will be taken.



The Board of Education will meet in Closed Session on Monday, October 15, 2012, at 6:30 pm in the Superintendent’s Office to discuss personnel and legal issues, negotiations and other matters to be announced at a later date. Immediately following the Closed Session, the Board of Education will meet in Public Session at 7:30 pm in the District Meeting Room, 525 Academy Street, Maplewood, NJ.  Action will be taken.



The Board of Education will meet in Closed Session on Monday, October 29, 2012, at 7:30 pm in the Superintendent’s Office 525 Academy Street, Maplewood, NJ to discuss the evaluation of the Superintendent. No action will be taken.



The Board of Education will meet in Closed Session on Monday, November 19, 2012, at 6:30 pm in the Superintendent’s Office to discuss personnel and legal issues, negotiations and other matters to be announced at a later date. Immediately following the Closed Session, the Board of Education will meet in Public Session at 7:30 pm in the District Meeting Room, 525 Academy Street, Maplewood, NJ.  Action will be taken.

CAR HITS HOUSE

PATCH reports:


A car crashed into a residence on Valley Street near the corner of Parker Avenue across fromColumbia High School Friday, injuring the driver and causing minor damage to the building, according to police and fire officials.
The accident occurred at 2:32 p.m. on Friday, shortly before high school dismissal. The car went over the sidewalk under the cyclone fence of a vacant lot next door to the multi-family house on the 400 block of Valley Street, striking the front porch and setting the engine compartment on fire, said Deputy Chief Walter Nugent of theMaplewood Fire Department.
Engine 32 and Rescue Squad 37 responded to the scene. The South Orange Fire Department provided mutual aid.

FARMER'S MARKET TODAY

Celebrate the fall with a great opportunity for fresh goodies


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

Sunday, September 23, 2012

ST JOE'S FAMILY PICNIC TODAY


Time:1:00pm
Information:All are invited to share in the fun! Free admission, bring side dish or dessert to share. We'd like an RSVP to help us prepare enough food, drinks, seats etc, but come even if you decide last minute. T-Shirts will be available for $12.00 in sizes from child's small to XXXL. Contact the rectory to RSVP and to order a shirt. The picnic is fun for all ages and will be held in Maplecrest Park on Springfield Ave. Rain location St. Joseph Bernard Hall (Lower Church)

MAPLEWOOD AMONG TOP NJ TOWNS GIVING TO OBAMA

Maplewood ranks in the top 25 New Jersey towns giving money to President Obama's re-election campaign, according to data released by the Star-Ledger today.

A Page One story in the Ledger ranks Maplewood 22nd among towns with contributors to Obama.

Donations from our town to Obama have provided $43,807 from 358 different donors.

See more HERE

Full list below:


CityAmountContributions
Princeton4237461747
Montclair154676637
Short Hills144063250
Morristown119605473
Montclair111885511
South Orange98805483
Hoboken93323480
Summit82011264
Englewood76865318
West Orange73894618
Ridgewood71539345
Fort Lee64409285
Westfield62854308
Moorestown62410310
Jersey City50935371
Teaneck50690424
Basking Ridge49993302
Somerset49232395
Red Bank48937142
Livingston48431255
Franklin Lakes4480986
Maplewood43807358
Pennington43416195
Haddonfield41569209
Skillman41346189