Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Maplewoodian and Columbia High School graduate Marques Brownlee was named one of the top black young innovators in the nation by NBC News this month.

The NBC News NBCBLK28, described as the top 28 black "innovators, vanguards, trendsetters and pioneers under 28" cited Brownlee for his success as a YouTuber and tech reviewer.

The award notice stated:

Marques Brownlee, 23, Maplewood, NJ
Tech Reviewer & YouTube Star
One can arguably say that there aren't many people in tech like Marques Brownlee. If you factor in that he's 23, Black and basically spends his days testing really cool technology and showcasing his findings on YouTube, that disparity is a little more self-evident.
Our NBCBLK28 recipient has an uncanny knack for shedding light on what he calls "dope tech." You can tell he knows his stuff, but he also breaks down the specifications of the products in a very conversational manner that's easy to digest.
Affable yet informative. Armed with more than 4 million YouTube subscribers and an alias fit for a Terminator villain, it's no wonder as to how menacing the digital grind is for the New Jersey native known online simply as MKBHD. He's not actually a Schwarzenegger adversary—MKB are the initials for his first, middle, and last name. The HD stands for high-definition

See more on Brownlee, who is the son of former Township Committee Member Marlon Brownlee, HERE.

And watch his YouTube videos HERE.


Baby Lit

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Main Library * Ages Birth – 2 ½ * Drop In
Tuesdays 2/7, 2/14, 2/21 @ 10:30-11 am

Hilton Drop-In Craft: Gee’s Bend Quilt

12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hilton Branch ● All Ages ● Drop In
Every Tuesday in February 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28 @ 12-8 pm
Drop in and make a paper quilt square for our Gee’s Bend quilt! The Quilts of Gee’s Bend are quilts created by a group of women who live or have lived in the isolated African-American hamlet of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. They are considered to be one of the most important African-American visual and cultural contributions to the history of art within the United States.

Hilton Computer Explorations

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Hilton Branch – Computer beginners and intermediate users can get help with:
  • Using a mouse
  • Creating basic documents
  • Managing an email account
  • Searching the Internet
  • Viewing photos online
The instructor will help with your specific needs. No registration needed.

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…

Digital Device Clinic

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Get free one-on-one support for using your e-reader, tablet, smartphone, or other electronic device.  The clinics will take place during the Create Space drop-in hours. Open to adults, teens and children. 

Pajama Sing-a-Long Storytime

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Hilton Branch All Ages Drop In
Come comfy-cozy in your PJ’s, hear stories, and sing songs! The best bedtime treat around!

Monday, February 20, 2017


Maplewood lost a longtime educator and community servant last week with the death of Peter Cross.

Although he had lived in Lakewood for 10 years, Cross had a legacy of support and service at both Columbia High School and the Maplewood Pool, among other locations.

See his obituary HERE and below:

Peter Lown Cross, 80, passed away on February 12, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Cross was a lifelong resident of Maplewood, NJ before settling in Lakewood for the past 10 years. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Peter was a graduate of Panzer College and Montclair University, obtaining his Master's in Education. 

He worked for Columbia High School, serving as a Coach, Teacher and Guidance Counselor for 35 years. Peter was recognized by the creation of the Peter Cross Columbia High School Athletics Hall of Fame Award and was inducted to the Columbia High School Hall of Fame. He was very active in the Maplewood Community, including the Community Pool where he served as the first manager of Summer Pool Operations.  

Peter was an avid Mets and Rangers fan and loved spending time with his family. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by all. 

Mr. Cross is predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Mable Cross and brothers, Robert Cross and Arthur "Elliot" Cross. Peter is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart of 60 years, Jeanmarie; children, Peter Cross Jr., Cathy Saudelli and her husband Randy, Andrew Cross and his wife Virginia and David Cross and his wife Erin; grandchildren, Cara Willis and her husband Kyle, Cristina Saudelli, Tyler Cross, Olivia Cross, Peter Cross and Kelly Cross; numerous relatives and friends; and his beloved Dachshund, Buster.


It's been more than two weeks since the devastating six-alarm fire destroyed part of the Avalon Bay development at Boyden and Springfield avenues and there is still no word on what caused it.

Avalon Bay says they plan to rebuild the portion that was destroyed and was the only remaining part of the 235-unit complex still under construction.

But the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, which has been investigating along with the Maplewood Fire Department, has yet to offer a cause.

Mayor Vic Deluca is set to provide an update at Tuesday night's Township Committee meeting.

See the full meeting agenda HERE.


Presidents Day 

Both Maplewood libraries closed today for President's day. Enjoy! 

Sunday, February 19, 2017


The President's Day holiday Monday means no school, no jitney and Town Hall offices are closed.

Have a fun holiday!


Some Maplewoodians got a preview of next month's St. Patrick's Day festivities at St. James Gate this morning as bagpipers tuned up outside the Maplewood Village mainstay, where a fundraiser is being held today.

The event is for the South Park & District Pipe Band, which is among those that entertain patrons at the Irish pub each year. It will continue until 4 p.m.

See them below:

Stop by and give them some love.


Germaine Theodore
We have been writing about Maplewood's Germaine Theodore for more than three years since he was first accused in 2013 of bilking customers of his debt management company.

He was eventually arrested later that year, indicted in 2015, and pled guilty to a seven-year plea agreement deal in January.

But that was apparently not enough for Theodore, who was arrested several weeks ago on several charges related to a stolen car incident while awaiting the formal plea hearing on his earlier case. 

NJ.com reported today:

In his latest brush with the law, on Jan. 25, Theodore is charged with second-degree eluding police, third-degree receiving stolen property, and fourth-degree eluding police in connection with an incident at 12:25 a.m., the Union County Prosecutor's Office (UCPO) said.

Theodore was stopped by Elizabeth police for obstructing traffic and fled, the UCPO said. He was arrested after a brief chase and police found that the car he was driving had been reported stolen out of White Plains, New York.

See the entire story HERE.