Sunday, May 28, 2017

MAPLEWOOD HEALTH DEPARTMENT ISSUES TICK SEASON ADVISORY


From Maplewood Health Department
 
Maplewood Health Department Encourages Residents to Enjoy the Outdoors but Beware of Ticks


N.J. has designated May 2017 as Lyme Disease Awareness Month. According to the New Jersey Department of Health Lyme Disease is endemic in NJ with other 4,800 cases reported in 2015, which was the second highest number of cases reported in the U.S. In 2015, Essex County reported 165 Lyme disease cases.   

Recent news coverage indicates that 2017 may see a reportable increase of tickborne diseases, such as Lyme Disease, erlichiosis, rocky mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis and Powassan disease, due to an increase in tick population. 

The Maplewood Health Department provides case investigation and monitoring of suspect or confirmed Lyme disease cases in the township but another important aspect is the prevention of new cases.  As part of a targeted health education campaign, the Maplewood Health Department has chosen one key message to prevent tickborne diseases: “Don’t Take Ticks Home.  Do A Tick Check. 

These signs (see below) will be posted on the Maplewood entryway up to South Mountain Reservation on Claremont Ave. For anyone who frequents walking in the Reservation or in wooded areas and who live adjacent to the South Mountain Reservation, the Maplewood Health Department advises that residents do a tick check upon leaving the park or spending time in their backyards if they live along the reservation.

 The yellow bars are the areas where people may find ticks: in the nape of the scalp, under the armpit, along the waist, shorts and pants/sock line, in the groin area and behind the knees.

Additionally, beware bare skin. Don’t make it easy for ticks to bite you. Wear long-sleeved tops, long pants, socks and sturdy shoes when tromping through forested areas. Use repellents with DEET on exposed skin and clothing. Stay on paved walking paths and trails and avoid walking among the underbrush or unmarked areas. For more information, go to the Health Department’s Monthly Health Promotion Page: 
http://www.twp.maplewood.nj.us/index.aspx?nid=572 and look for the article on Ticks.

RECYCLING POSTPONED TO TUESDAY

From the Township:

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, Monday's recycling collection will be postponed until Tuesday, May 30th. Kindly place your recyclable items curbside on Monday evening, so they can be collected on Tuesday morning. 

Remember, recyclables should be placed in a container with a lid, or clear recycling bags, and cardboard boxes should be tied or taped together. This will ensure all recyclables are collected; together, let’s keep Maplewood clean.


Have a happy, healthy, and safe Memorial Day!

14 OPEN HOUSES TODAY

Check out your next home or just see what the market is offering.

Full list HERE.


Saturday, May 27, 2017

HALF OF VISITING SOMS STUDENTS REJECT SPEAKER RYAN PHOTO-OP

When a group of South Orange Middle School eighth graders were given a chance to have a picture taken with House Speaker Paul Ryan about half of them declined.

For those youngsters, who were part of a school trip to Washington D.C. on Thursday, Ryan's politics and support for many policies they oppose was enough to remain camera shy. In all, about 100 students rejected the photo offer.

When Ryan posted the image on Instagram, it drew dozens of positive and negative comments. See HERE.

And their act of defiance made New York TV news take notice.

Both WNYW and WABC came to town to tell the story.

See below:

 

DELUCA AND COLLUM BLAST ANOTHER NJ TRANSIT MEETING DELAY; PLAN TO SHOW UP ANYWAY

NJ Transit may have messed with the wrong people when they continued to delay a meeting with Mayor Vic Deluca and his South Orange counterpart, Village President Sheena Collum, over the plan to divert all Midtown Direct trains to Hoboken in July and August.

Within hours of the announced diversion plan this week, Deluca and Collum penned an angry letter demanding a change in the approach and a meeting with officials.

The agency agreed to meet with the duo on Friday. But the state agency delayed it again to Tuesday, citing a need to allow for more participants. Deluca and Collum were fine with that.

But Friday afternoon they got word that the troubled transit agency wanted to push it back again, this time to Wednesday. A letter from the train line cited "extenuating circumstances." (Read it HERE)

That did not sit well with the two towns' top public officials. And they plan to show up on Tuesday anyway.

And from the looks of statements they issued Friday, they will be ready to fight.

Deluca posted on Facebook that "this is BS and unacceptable."

He also sent the following comment to Maplewoodian.com: 

I and my elected colleagues will be at NJ Transit headquarters on Tuesday, May 30th at 2pm to meet with Executive Director Steven Santoro. We are not standing for any further delays in having this meeting. We will be there Tuesday and expect to meet.

Tuesday's meeting was scheduled in good faith after Transit asked to postpone the meeting originally scheduled for Friday, May 26th. It appears this was just a stalling tactic so you could push the meeting back even further into June. This is totally unacceptable and now I question the veracity of the reason for Friday's postponement.

It is shocking but not surprising that Transit is treating us in this disrespectful manner. Sadly, it is all to often similar to the way Transit treats our commuting constituents. We will be there on Tuesday at 2pm and expect to meet with Mr. Santoro. 

Collum, meanwhile, stated: 

This is incredibly offensive. We were told a meeting on Friday (today) at 1pm would occur with the Executive Director of NJ Transit and everyone adjusted their schedules accordingly. Then you requested on behalf of NJ Transit that the meeting be moved to next Tuesday, May 30th.

While we certainly weren’t pleased and saw this as nothing more than a delay tactic, we again, adjusted all of our schedules to accommodate your agency and at the time, I advised you that we would be reaching out to other mayors and officials to attend the “work meeting” with NJ Transit (we had some of our elected officials move scheduled patients around to attend next week). 

Now, on a Friday afternoon of a holiday weekend, you are again postponing a discussion that needs to be occurring now not 2 weeks after we all watched a press conference to learn how our towns were going to be impacted. The “continuing extenuating circumstance" is that NJ Transit and Amtrak prematurely made decisions without any discussion with the elected officials and their communities impacted by these changes which elevate much further than just delays and inconvenience but if not executed properly, pose a tremendous public safety risk to all riders.

It is clear as day that no one over there expected this level of political blowback (although I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t) and now are scrambling for answers. What is the plan? What are we supposed to be telling our constituents? Please don’t thank us for our patience, because we’re anything but patient right now. 

Stay tuned!

MAPLEWOOD POOL OPENS TODAY

The Maplewood Pool opens the 2017 season today! 

See this year's fees and how to join HERE.

Hours are Noon to 6 p.m. today, and on Sunday and Monday as well. 

The pool is open weekends only until the last week of school, June 19, when it opens at 4 p.m., with full hours beginning June 26.

If you have not gotten the new key fob identification tags and/or had a new photo taken, you can do so at the pool or Town Hall. 

Call 973-761-6330 or 973-763-4202 for more information.

Friday, May 26, 2017

PORTION OF PIERSON ROAD CLOSED TODAY

From Maplewood Police:

Pierson Rd. will be closed this afternoon (5/26/17) between Burnet and Salter for road construction

MEET KLEAN APRON AND WOULIBAM: SPRINGFIELD AVENUE'S NEWEST EATERIES

Two new eateries with different menus, and approaches, are up and running on Springfield Avenue.

First, meet Klean Apron, the delivery and take-out spot where Soups and Scoops used to be at 1846 Springfield Avenue, next to The Rack.

Owner Dan Dandino, a 20-year Maplewood resident, serves up a mix of offerings from pulled pork to vegetarian dishes to Swedish meatballs. See the menu and ordering options HERE.

Down the street, at 1878 Springfield Avenue -- the former home to East Wok Chinese food -- you'll find the new Woulibam Restaurant, a new Caribbean cuisine spot that also delivers. No website yet, but you can call in an order at 973-762-1568, or stop in.

Give them both a try and support Springfield Avenue's tastiest.