Maplewood bans single-use plastic bags

Maplewood bans single-use plastic bags

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Township Committee unanimously passed an ordinance that will ban plastic bags in local businesses at its meeting May 7, putting into effect on June 1 a law that will prohibit local businesses from giving customers plastic shopping bags. On Aug. 1, retail establishments will begin to charge a fee of […]

TC considers designating Irvington Ave. as an area in need of rehabilitation

TC considers designating Irvington Ave. as an area in need of rehabilitation

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Township Committee discussed making the Irvington Avenue Business District an area in need of rehabilitation at its April 16 meeting, clarifying the difference between an area in need of rehabilitation and an area in need of redevelopment. According to Mayor Vic DeLuca, the Maplewood Committee on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development […]

SOMA to receive cleaner energy

SOMA to receive cleaner energy

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Maplewood Township Committee unanimously approved a resolution April 2 with a vote of 4-0 to purchase electricity from Direct Energy LLC, an alternative electrical supplier to PSE&G. Committeeman Greg Lembrich was absent from the meeting. The township is the lead agency in the six-town Sustainable Essex Alliance, an […]

Committee passes plastic bag ban on first reading

Committee passes plastic bag ban on first reading

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Following months of debate and research, the Maplewood Township Committee passed an ordinance on first reading at its April 2 meeting to ban single-use plastic bags at retail establishments in the township and to charge consumers 5 cents per single-use paper bag. This ordinance is meant to change consumer behavior in Maplewood […]

Maplewood taxes to go up by 6.9 percent

Maplewood residents will see an aberrant increase in municipal tax portion

Maplewood taxes to go up by 6.9 percent

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At its April 2 meeting, the Maplewood Township Committee voted unanimously to introduce its 2019 budget, which comes in at $45,707,177, an increase of $594,002 from the 2018 budget. This is a 6.9-percent tax increase, which will cost the average Maplewood homeowner an additional $259.92 this year, according to Maplewood Chief Financial […]

Maplewood raises transgender flag in front of Town Hall

Maplewood raises transgender flag in front of Town Hall

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On March 31, the Maplewood and South Orange community gathered at Maplewood Town Hall to raise the transgender flag, celebrating the International Day of Transgender Visibility, a movement to ensure transgender people are not forgotten or delegitimized in any way. The event had many speakers, including several transgender individuals, who spoke about […]

TC unanimously approves Toomey’s redevelopment plan

TC unanimously approves Toomey’s redevelopment plan

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Township Committee unanimously passed a redevelopment plan for 104 Baker St., the former site of Toomey’s Automotive, at its March 19 meeting. Developed by planner Paul Grygiel, of Phillips Preiss Grygiel Planning and Real Estate Consultants LLC, the plan was approved by the Maplewood Planning Board before reaching the Township […]

TC tables plastic bag ordinance

Committee to amend ordinance to fix inconsistencies and unclear items

TC tables plastic bag ordinance

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Following a lengthy public comment, the Maplewood Township Committee voted at its March 5 meeting to table an ordinance that would have prohibited the use of single-use plastic bags and regulated the use of single-use paper bags by retail establishments in the township. Under Ordinance No. 2946-19, as it was presented at […]

BOT approves contract to reseed, fertilize playing fields

BOT approves contract to reseed, fertilize playing fields

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Board of Trustees unanimously approved at its Feb. 25 meeting a resolution approving a contract with Trugreen Commercial to reseed and fertilize the playing fields in South Orange and Maplewood, with the provision that weed-killing chemicals cannot be used on any South Orange fields. Trustee Howard Levison pulled […]

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