Thursday, September 29, 2016

HOBOKEN TRAIN CRASH SHUTS DOWN NJ TRANSIT SERVICE THERE

From NJ Transit:
Sep 29, 2016  09:22:33 AM
All PATH service at Hoboken station is suspended.
Sep 29, 2016  09:14:17 AM
Rail service is suspended in & out of Hoboken due to a train accident at Hoboken station. NJT bus and private carriers are honoring NJT rail tickets and passes.
 

Initial reports state it was NJ Transit Train 1614, which is on the Pascack Valley Line and does not come through Maplewood.

We will offer more details as they become available.

POLICE: AVOID CHS INTERSECTION DURING SCHOOL ENTRY

From Maplewood Police today:

Motorists avoid the intersection of Parker Ave and Prospect St between 7:45 and 8:00 due to high volume of traffic due to CHS entry

SCHOOL DISTRICT ENROLLMENT UP MORE THAN 100 THIS YEAR

Enrollment in the South Orange Maplewood School District has increased by more than 100 students this year, and by nearly 400 students since 2011-2012, according to data released this week.

Such enrollment increases are a concern given recent reports from the district of overcrowding in some upper grade classes and the recent cutback of 11 teachers, including nine at Columbia High School.

Data, seen below, released by the district indicates enrollment has jumped from 6,871 students in 2015-2016 to 6,972 for 2016-2017, a rise of 101. And that marks an increase of 381 since 2011-2012.


"There has been ongoing discussion at board meetings about both the budgetary impact of our growing enrollment and the need for the capacity assessment and planning work that we are currently undertaking," Board President Elizabeth Baker said via email when asked about the rising numbers.

LIBRARY TODAY: ESOL TO PRE-SCHOOL STORYTIME

ESOL Class Registration

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hilton Branch – Register for ESOL classes.  Fee: $25
Classes and Conversation Groupto be held Tuesdays & Thursdays 9 am – 12 pm starting October 4 at the Hilton Branch.  Sponsored by Literacy Volunteers of American, Essex & Passaic Counties and the Hilton Branch.
For more information please call 973-566-6200 ext 217

Preschool Storytime

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Main Library * Ages 2 1/2 – 5 * Drop In

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…

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

FORMER SCHOOLS CHIEF IS BACK, SORT OF

You may think you've seen the last of former Schools Superintendent James Memoli. But you haven't

The long-time SOMA district administrator, who served as interim superintendent in 2014-2015, retired a year ago when John Ramos was hired as superintendent.

But he's back.

Not as an administrator. He will be among the substitute Spanish teachers used in the district this coming year, according to Business Administrator Paul Roth.

So dar una buena acogida Senor Memoli!

"VICIOUS" PIT BULL ATTACK ENDED WITH DOGS DESTROYED

A pit bull attack last month that sent two women to the hospital with injuries suffered in a vicious, frightening attack on Tuscan Street ended recently when the last of the four dogs in the incident was destroyed.

The attack occurred on Aug. 11, according to a police report, which also painted a scary picture of three dogs who were "barking at and attempting to viciously bite at the legs" of one woman, while one victim was "bleeding profusely from multiple puncture wounds."

One victim was also described as being "pinned to the ground" by the attack.

Read the official descriptive account from the report HERE.

Township Health Officer Robert Roe said the dogs were picked up by animal control staff the same day and later destroyed with the permission of the owners.

He said the owner of the dogs had four pit bulls, but three were involved in the attack. Roe said one of the problems was the dogs were in a backyard with poor fencing and they were able to escape.

"He immediately agreed to have three of them euthanized and (later) agreed to have the fourth euthanized," Roe said. "I want to give him credit for making the responsible choice, hopefully the public is protected now."

He said the victims were hospitalized, but expected to fully recover. Roe said he filed a municipal complaint against the owners for having a vicious dog, but it was dropped when the owner agreed to have the fourth one put down two weeks ago.

Police did not reveal the incident in the regular weekly blotters at the time. Asked why, Police Chief Robert Cimino said via email, "I'm not aware of the specific reason it was not listed, but not every incident occurring in Maplewood is listed for every reporting period."

FOREIGN POLICY ASSOCIATION GREAT DEBATE AT LIBRARY TODAY

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

This fall, Maplewood Library will be hosting Great Decisions, America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. Participants read the materials provided and meet to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. There will be 8 discussion meetings on Wednesday mornings from September 14 to November 9. Participants are expected to attend all sessions. Discussion Program materials will be provided by the library. Open to all. 
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Participants need to make a serious commitment to reading the material provided as well as the supplementary articles available online. 

Today: The Future of Kurdistan
October 5: International Migration
October 19: Korean Choices
October 26: The United Nations Post-2015
November 2: Climate Geopolitics
November 9: Cuba and the U.S.
Space is limited. To register, please email dakaslow@comcast.net
For more information go to www.fpa.org/great_decisions/

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

ARTURO'S CHS FIELD HOCKEY FUNDRAISER TONIGHT

Head to Arturo's in Maplewood Village tonight, mention Columbia High School field hockey and a portion of the bill will be donated to the team.

See the great menu HERE.