Sustainable Jersey’s Coding for Community competition winners announced

EWING, NJ — The presentations and on-site judging of Sustainable Jersey’s first ever civic tech competition, Coding for Community, took place March 31 at The College of New Jersey. Competing teams working with 10 municipalities presented their civic tech solutions to an audience and judges for prizes. Encore Dev Labs, partnering with Maplewood, won first […]

Maplewood introduces $43.6 million 2017 budget

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Though most of Maplewood’s expenses remained relatively flat for 2017, main drivers such as increased pension and debt payments, will leave the average homeowner paying approximately $75 more in property taxes this year than in 2016. “We’ve worked very hard to get this budget down,” Mayor Vic DeLuca assured residents at the […]

SOMA Action to host panel discussion

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — SOMA Action invites residents of Maplewood, South Orange and surrounding communities to attend “From Town Hall to the Halls of Congress: Effective Advocacy in the Trump Era” on Wednesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Morrow Memorial Church, 600 Ridgewood Ave. in Maplewood. The panel, moderated by Lisa Davis, will include South […]

Communities respond to anti-Semitism

Religious and government leaders take a firm stand following hateful graffiti, JCC bomb threat

Communities respond to anti-Semitism

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE / WEST ORANGE, NJ — Things have certainly been tense in America in the last few months, with organizations like the ACLU showing a marked increase in anti-Semitic, Islamophobic and racist incidents. Unfortunately, Essex County has also experienced some of this hatred. Residents and officials in Essex County were disheartened during […]

Debate over leaf blower bans rages at TC meeting

Residents support ban, landscapers point out problems

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — While Maplewood neighborhoods may be blissfully quiet this summer, landscapers claim the silence will cost homeowners increased lawn care fees. On Feb. 21, the Maplewood Township Committee continued the 14-year debate that has been raging around leaf blowers here, and dozens of landscapers came out to oppose further restrictions. In 2003, the […]

Mayor provides update on Avalon Bay reconstruction

Residents concerned over disturbances from construction

Mayor provides update on Avalon Bay reconstruction

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood is still working to bounce back from the six-alarm fire that tore through the Avalon Apartments construction site on Feb. 4, destroying approximately one-half to two-thirds of the site. The fire, which took approximately four hours and 120 firefighters to extinguish, destroyed the work already done on phases 2 and 3 […]

Celebrate 10 years with the Maplewood Green Team

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Green Team will host a social event on Thursday, March 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. to celebrate the group’s 10-year anniversary. The “Party with a Purpose” will take place at The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road in Maplewood, and will include light snacks, organic wines and a tasting led by […]

Maplewood TC creates Seniors Advisory Committee

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — With the great migration of seniors from New Jersey to places with more services and lower taxes, many municipalities in the area are working to retain their seniors with improved services and opportunities. And Maplewood and South Orange are no different, having recently conducted a joint survey to determine the services local […]

Avalon Bay to rebuild, but fears of fire remain

Avalon Bay to rebuild, but fears of fire remain

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood was stunned last week when a six-alarm fire tore through the Avalon Apartments construction site on Feb. 4, destroying approximately two-thirds of the site — luckily the flames stayed away from the finished portions. The fire, which took approximately four hours and 120 firefighters to extinguish, destroyed the work already done […]

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