Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Along with the much-debated pro-immigrant protection resolution, the Township Committee tonight will also consider an ordinance to allow enclosed sidewalk cafe structures in Maplewood Village and a change in requirements for heating rental units. 

See more on the immigration resolution HERE.

The enclosed sidewalk cafe ordinance can be found HERE, while the heating restriction that would require a minimum 68 degrees in the daytime and 65 degrees after 11 p.m. for rental units in winter time is HERE.

There will also be a final vote on a new restriction banning pets, leashed or not, from tennis, basketball and paddle courts in public parks.

See the entire agenda HERE. The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 574 Valley St.

There is, of course, always a public comment portion where you can show up, ask a question, give them a piece of your mind or just a pat on the back.

Remember, they work for you! 


Health Insurance: Come In, Get Covered

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Hilton Branch Library

Open enrollment is from Nov. 1, 2016 to Jan. 31, 2017. Trained in-person assisters will help you find a plan to fit your budget—one that covers emergencies, doctor visits, prescriptions, hospitalization and maternity care. Pre-existing   conditions, too.

Consultations are on a drop-in basis. No registration is required.
What to Bring

  • Social Security Numbers for all household members (or immigration documents)
  • Employer and income information for every member of your household who needs coverage (from pay stubs or W-2 forms)
  • Current health insurance plan information for everyone in the household
Brought to you by the Oranges ACA Navigator Project under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


The Board of Education has called a special board meeting for 6:30 p.m. tonight for what is billed as cultural competency training for the board.

See the limited agenda HERE.

No word on why the notice was given just hours before the meeting.

It also includes a public comment portion, as required by law, at 9:30 p.m. The meeting is being held at Jefferson School, 518 Ridgewood Rd., Maplewood.

The next regular board meeting is set for Monday, Jan. 23.


The 2017 Deer Kill at South Mountain Reservation begins today.

See the details below from the Essex County Executive's Office:

The program will be held on the afternoons of Tuesdays and Thursdays from January 17th to February 16th. When the program is held, the reservations will be closed to the public to maximize safety. For the first time, make-up days have been scheduled in case the program is cancelled because of inclement weather. If there are no cancellations, then the program will not be held on the make-up days. The days in South Mountain Reservation are Tuesday, January 17th and Thursday, January 19th. Make-up days are Tuesday, January 24th and Thursday, January 26th.

Since 2008, a total of 2,013 deer (1,254 deer and 759 unborn deer) were removed utilizing the volunteer services of experienced and qualified marksmen who volunteer their time. 

To maximize safety, South Mountain Reservation, Hilltop Reservation and all parking areas and walking paths inside the two reservations will be closed to the public on the days the program is held in that specific reservation.

All deer removed from the reservations are inspected and information about its age, reproductive status, gender and weight, as well as the number of shots fired is collected. They are transported by the County to a NJ Department of Health approved butcher for processing. Venison is donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey in Hillside, which distributes the meat to the needy and homeless. In 2016, 3,803 pounds of venison were donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, which provided about 15,000 meals. Since 2008, a total of 36,452 pounds of venison have been donated to the FoodBank, which equates to about 145,000 meals.


Baby Lit

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Main Library * Ages Birth – 2 ½ * Drop In
Tuesdays @ 10:30-11 am, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24
All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

Monday, January 16, 2017


As The Clarus project takes shape on the site of the former Maplewood Village post office, it turns out that name was among several initially proposed for the housing/retail complex.

As many know, it was originally going to be The Post House. But that was changed to Clarus for the three-story, 20-apartment, five retail space creation that will boast a bank, restaurant and Starbucks.

But there were also nearly a dozen other ideas that popped up, according to some preliminary plans.

Those included Modus, "the Latin term for method or manner"; Vitae, "the Latin term for life"; and even Hark, "meaning to listen," according to the initial marketing material.

Our favorite is The Indy, which the initial marketing slogan describes as a "memorable, modern name" that "speaks to the property's boutique nature and curated collection of amenities."

See all of the reject names HERE.


The Township Committee on Tuesday plans to approve a revised version of a resolution to protect local immigrants from federal prosecution or investigation following weeks of debate and negotiations.

After originally contemplating a designation as a "sanctuary city," the TC changed the approach two weeks ago with a designation of a "welcoming" community for such protection.

But after some extensive debate at the Jan. 3, 2017, meeting, more revisions were made.

See the latest version HERE.

It is titled:   

Expressing Maplewood's Commitment to Equal, Respectful and Dignified Treatment of All People, Regardless of their Immigration Status, And To Remain a Welcoming Community.

TC member Greg Lembrich had said the original version did not go far enough to protect residents from potential police-aided enforcement of federal immigration law, while some also objected to the choice not to use the term "sanctuary" in the wording, saying that offers a stronger message of support.

First offered weeks ago by then-TC Member Ian Grodman, the resolution had originally been designed as a "sanctuary city" designation similar to those used in other towns that clearly states the municipality will protect immigrants -- documented and undocumented -- from federal or other legal entities.

But after some internal review, which included discussions with Police Chief Robert Cimino, the TC requested a resolution that did not use the term, "sanctuary," but sought such protection for immigrants.

Mayor Vic Deluca said at the last meeting that the proposed changes were so significant that a vote on the matter should be delayed until residents can review it and the police department, which was involved in helping craft the original resolution, could also weigh in.

But he stressed that the main focus of the legislation, to put Maplewood on record as not aiding in the enforcement of federal immigration law against its residents, was still in place.

The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 574 Valley Street.