Back to School, Burglaries and Beehives Top Maplewood News

Here's a look at what you might have missed this week in Maplewood.


K-7 and 9th graders headed back to school on Thursday; 8th and 10-12th grade followed suit on Friday.


Six homes and two businesses were broken into last week. Maplewood Police Capt. John Perna said the police department is stepping up its patrols in the affected areas.


The field will likely remain closed through the end of the year because of a fungal infection that has damaged newly replanted sod, according to Township Engineer Thomas Malavasi. 

The closing will complicate playing schedules for local sports teams this fall.


In what Mayor Vic DeLuca dubbed "a stinging endorsement," the Maplewood Township Committee voted 4-1 to move ahead with developing an ordinance governing beekeeping in the township.

E. Magid September 09, 2012 at 04:19 PM
THIS COMMENT IS TO 'MAPLEWOOD PATCH' ! YOU DID NOT BELIEVE THE FOLLOWING TWO PARAGRAPHS BELOW WERE SUFFICIENTLY IMPORTANT TO HIGHLIGHT, INSTEAD OF IT APPEARING AS PART OF THE " Back to School, Burglaries and Beehives Top Maplewood News" !! "In other business, Appraisal Systems, Inc. (ASI), the company that will conduct the upcoming reassessment, will join officials to answer "live" email and phone questions from residents about the reassessment process, at the next regular Township Committee meeting on Sept. 18 (back at Maplewood Town Hall). DeLuca said the committee wanted to reach residents who would not be able to attend the meeting. This is the township's first reassessment since the 2010 revaluation, which ASI also conducted. The reassessment will cost the township $60,000" CONSIDERING THERE WAS A REEVALUATION IN 2010 WHICH INCLUDED REASSESSMENT, HOW ABOUT INFORMING EVERYONE AS TO THE REASON(S) FOR THIS TOWNSHIP ACTION !! Thank you. Yours truly, Emanuel Magid
Carolyn Maynard-Parisi September 09, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Actually, Emanuel, we DID report on the reassessment in an article published June 6, 2012: http://patch.com/A-tPVD. Here are the two paragraphs from that article that concern the reassessment: The township also passed a motion to order a townwide reassessment of residential properties sometime in 2013. Appraisal Systems Inc., the same company that conducted the 2010 revaluation, will be retained and will be paid $60,000 by the town. A reassessment differs from a revaluation in that door-to-door inspections of individual properties are not conducted. As Township Attorney Roger Desiderio explained and Mayor DeLuca clarified, the reason for the town to conduct a reassessment is to ensure that property values are reviewed more frequently in between full-scale revaluations. This would in theory reduce the number of tax appeals brought against the township and help to ensure that there are fewer large fluctuations during the next revaluation. Desiderio said he believed the cost of the reassessment would save the town money in the long run.


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