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 […]

DeLuca inducted into Elected Officials Hall of Fame

DeLuca inducted into Elected Officials Hall of Fame

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On April 5, Maplewood Mayor Victor De Luca was inducted into the Elected Officials Hall of Fame by the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. Established in 1999, the Hall of Fame honors local municipal officials who have served for 20 or more years as a governing body member. DeLuca was first […]

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 […]

HNA hosts Black History Month poetry reading

HNA hosts Black History Month poetry reading

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Hilton Neighborhood Association held its annual Black History Month reading at the DeHart Community Center on Feb. 21. Maplewood residents were invited to read poetry written by African-Americans. Members of the public took turns reading work aloud, discussing the writers and learning about the history of the poetry. Featured poets included: […]

Township Committee introduces Toomey’s redevelopment plan

Township Committee introduces Toomey’s redevelopment plan

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On Feb. 5, the Maplewood Township Committee unanimously voted to introduce an ordinance to adopt the redevelopment plan for 104 Baker St., the former site of Toomey’s Automotive. The redevelopment plan, created by planner Paul Grygiel of Phillips Preiss Grygiel Planning and Real Estate Consultants LLC, has gone through several revisions following […]

SOMA highlights nonviolence at MLK ceremony

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., CCR gathers community at CHS

SOMA highlights nonviolence at MLK ceremony

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange and Maplewood community gathered at Columbia High School on Jan. 21 to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, welcoming Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver as the guest speaker at the Community Coalition on Race’s annual celebration. After the event, residents signed up to get involved in local organizations at the […]

Local reporter releases new book on media and news

Local reporter releases new book on media and news

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Joe Strupp, of Maplewood, has written his second book, a non-fiction review of the current state of news, titled “Killing Journalism: How Greed, Laziness (And Donald Trump) Are Destroying News And How We Can Save It.” The book, published by Willow Street Press, details what is wrong with today’s news media: not […]

Mancuso to spearhead new Community Services Dept.

Mancuso to spearhead new Community Services Dept.

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — As 2018 gave way to 2019, a big change took place in Maplewood. The administration created two “super departments” — the Department of Community Services and the Department of Community Development. The new Community Services Department, which covers the Recreation, Health and Welfare divisions, will be headed by new Community Services Director […]

Officials meet with residents to discuss Toomey’s redevelopment

Officials meet with residents to discuss Toomey’s redevelopment

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Township Committee members met with residents to discuss the newest draft of a redevelopment plan for the former Toomey’s Automotive site on Baker Street. At the meeting, held at The Woodland on on Jan. 10, Mayor Vic DeLuca highlighted concerns that neighbors voiced at a November meeting and noted the changes […]

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