Kidde recalls combination smoke/CO alarms due to alarm failure

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Kidde Fire Safety has issued a recall on Kidde hard-wired combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms. The alarm can fail to continue to chirp when it reaches its seven-year end of life — even if the batteries are replaced — leading consumers to believe it is still working. This poses a risk of […]

Concerned residents, officials discuss roadway safety

Township documents resident concerns at safety summit

Concerned residents, officials discuss roadway safety

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood officials and residents came together at The Woodland on Monday, Oct. 24, for a Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Summit led by Mayor Vic DeLuca. The public meeting, attended by approximately 75 residents, was a followup to the June 20 internal summit held at Maplewood Police Headquarters, during which local departments, elected […]

Smoke detectors available to senior citizens and needy families in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Fire Department is continuing a program to distribute smoke detectors free-of-charge to senior citizens and needy families who reside in one- and two-family homes within the community. Smoke detectors are required in all one- and two-family homes by the N.J. Uniform Fire Code. The majority of home fires that kill […]

Maplewood Fire Department offers free home fire safety inspections

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Fire Department offers free in-home fire inspections for township residents. Fire safety in the home should involve the whole family, young and elderly alike. Firefighters will come to your home to help identify fire hazards and make suggestions to improve home safety for your family. Inspections generally take about one […]

TC candidates square off at HNA debate

Summersgill, McGehee offer differing opinions on taxes, small town party politics and more

TC candidates square off at HNA debate

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Hilton Neighborhood Association enjoyed a large turnout on Thursday, Sept. 22, for its Maplewood Township Committee candidates’ forum. And, if that night is any indication, this is sure to be a lively campaign season. Running for the sole open seat on the committee — which was recently vacated by Marlon K. […]

MFAS disbands, town makes SORS official backup

Maplewood contracts with SO Rescue Squad to be official backup for Maplewood Fire Department

MFAS disbands, town makes SORS official backup

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At its Aug. 2 meeting, the Maplewood Township Committee voted to contract for emergency medical services with the South Orange Rescue Squad and to pursue leasing out the Maplewood First Aid Squad Headquarters, as the MFAS is now defunct. The Township Committee voted 4-0 — Committeeman Greg Lembrich was absent — to […]

First step taken in merging FDs

Two towns contract for study of fire departments for possible merger

First step taken in merging FDs

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The possible future of shared fire department services between Maplewood and South Orange is a credible option following the unanimous agreement by the governing bodies of both towns to award a contract to Manitou Inc. to conduct “an analysis of the operational efficiencies of and the feasibility of consolidation, […]

South Orange and Maplewood award contract for fire services study

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On July 11, the South Orange Board of Trustees unanimously authorized a resolution awarding a contract to Manitou Incorporated to conduct “an analysis of the operational efficiencies of and the feasibility of consolidation, merger or sharing of South Orange and Maplewood’s Municipal Fire Protection Services.” Then, on July 25, […]

Maplewood Fire Department revises emergency medical service protocols

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Fire Chief Michael Dingelstedt recently announced revised protocols for emergency medical services in response to concerns raised following the lengthy response time when an 8-year-old suffered a seizure on March 23. The Maplewood Fire Department completed a review of dispatching procedures and revised its operating procedures as described below. Dingelstedt consulted […]

Township Committee passes $41.88 million budget 5-0

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At its April 19 meeting, the Maplewood Township Committee adopted a $41.88 million municipal budget for 2016. This budget includes $568,115 more than the 2015 budget, which has manifested in a 1.96-percent tax increase. The committee voted unanimously to pass the $41,881,775 budget, which will result in a tax increase of $81.98 […]