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East Side Fitness
1865 Springfield Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040
Maplewood local Brian Crowell and his father Wayne Crowell (the former Maplewood fire chief) have teamed up with RonMore Glass to create a 6,500 square foot facility set to feature workout areas, training, showers and lockers. East Side will provide space for do-it-yourself workouts, cardio circuits, and personal training sessions. Classes in cardio, strength training, and group exercise will be added in 2010. The 5 am weekday opening time will allow commuters to come for an early workout, take a shower, and then catch the nearby jitney to the train station, while childcare will allow parents to work out while their kids are nearby.
Maplewood Train Station
175 Dunnell Rd, Maplewood, NJ 07040

On an average weekday, more than 3,000 passengers board the train at Maplewood's station. Plenty of businesses, asMore well as the Township Municipal Building, the Fire Department and the Public Library are within walking distance. Commuters, who generally don't have the time or inclination to visit the stores, can employ the station's concierge, which offers services such as food pick-ups and dry cleaning drop-off.

The jitney service shuttles riders from stops throughout the town to the train. There are several parking lots surrounding the station, which fill up fast and early. The passageway between platforms features several eye-catching murals of local businesses. For information on train schedules, visit the New Jersey Transit Web site.

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