Maplewood mourns Jerry Ryan’s death

Maplewood mourns Jerry Ryan’s death

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood lost a longtime resident and civil servant on May 27. Former Mayor and Committeeman Gerard “Jerry” Ryan, 59, died in his Maplewood home after succumbing to a three-year battle with cancer.  Ryan was first elected to the Township Committee in 1992, ultimately serving 19 years as a committeeman; he was the […]

DiVincenzo, 17 mayors express support for Murphy budget plan

DiVincenzo, 17 mayors express support for Murphy budget plan

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. announced his support of Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposal to borrow $9 billion from the U.S. Federal Reserve to balance the state budget. On Friday, May 29, DiVincenzo sent a letter of support to the governor; the letter was also signed by 17 Essex County mayors. […]

Maplewood introduces $48.2M budget

Maplewood introduces $48.2M budget

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood taxpayers are looking at a 4-percent increase in property taxes this year, according to the budget introduced at the Maplewood Township Committee’s May 5 meeting. The committee unanimously approved the introduction of the budget, which comes in at $48,199,831.37. These numbers could change between now and the June 16 public hearing. […]

Maplewood’s neighborhood Wi-Fi installation is in progress

Maplewood’s neighborhood Wi-Fi installation is in progress

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Eager to bridge the digital divide in town, especially at a time when closed schools created digital classrooms at home, Maplewood Township officials report that the town’s highly anticipated Wi-Fi Pilot program is finally being rolled out. The Wi-Fi Pilot, a community driven initiative that came out on top in the town’s […]

Maplewood bans Styrofoam, plastic straws

Maplewood bans Styrofoam, plastic straws

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In its first virtual meeting, on April 7, the Maplewood Township Committee passed an ordinance that will ban nonreusable food and beverage accessories, such as plastic straws and stirrers, Styrofoam containers, and individual packets of condiments. The ordinance passed unanimously; Committeewoman Nancy Adams was absent. Taking effect on Oct. 1, the ordinance […]

COVID deaths in Essex County continue to rise

COVID deaths in Essex County continue to rise

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — As New Jersey continues its statewide lockdown to stem the tide of the novel coronavirus, the state continues to see more and more confirmed COVID-19 cases and COVID-related deaths. As of April 14, according to statistics from the state, New Jersey has had 68,824 confirmed cases and 2,805 deaths. All in […]

Coronavirus continues to spread in SOMA

Coronavirus continues to spread in SOMA

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt daily life across the world, South Orange and Maplewood officials are providing updates every day to residents about cases in the towns and how they are being handled. As of March 20, South Orange has three confirmed cases of the virus in […]

COVID-19 comes to Maplewood and South Orange

Two towns, entire state, close down everyday life to prevent spread of disease

COVID-19 comes to Maplewood and South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The two towns are feeling the effects of COVID-19, the strain of coronavirus that was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11. School districts, many businesses and other organizations have closed and moved to online learning for at least two weeks. As of March […]