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Maplewood Community Pool
187 Boyden Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040

For over 40 years, thousands of Maplewood citizens and their guests have had a splash in the town's community pool.More The usual rules apply (public pools rarely welcome horseplay, and Maplewood is no exception) and swimming lessons are offered to the youngsters.

In the summer of 2009 head pool operator Michael Banks is on  his fifth season with the MCP.

The total water volume incorporated among the four pool areas was approximately 1 million gallons, comprised of 450,00 gallons for the main pool, 37,000 gallons in the training and kiddie pools and 335,000 gallons in the dive tank. Also, it has one of the only two 10-meter diving platforms in New Jersey State (the other is at Rutgers University).

The pool hosts the practices of the Makos, Maplewood's competitive youth swimming team. But it's not just a temple of soaking wet sports; it's a community center. Once you're dry, hit the snack bar or check out a board game.

Maplewood Country Club
28 Baker St, Maplewood, NJ 07040
The course is a bit short at 6,100 yards from the white tees, but most seem to enjoy the low key environment provided byMore the Maplewood Country Club.  Born out of the 1908 Valley Land Company that organized to provide the youth of the community a location to further their recreational needs, the Maplewood Country Club is currently under management of Michael Lusk.  With a pool, four clay and two "hard-tru" tennis courts, an elegant dining room and comfortable grill room and of course the 18-hole golf course, this club provides a full slate of leisure activities for the entire family.
O'Reilly's Bar & Grill
2208 Millburn Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040

Voted "One of N.J.'s 10 Best" by the Star-Ledger's Munchmobile, O'Reilly's has served up comfort with the comfortMore food for going on 30 years under the aegis of owners Walter Lee and Mike Jeffrey. That's the shark they caught in Florida hanging over the bar.

The Irish pub has "lunch regulars, bar regulars, football regulars and Sunday regulars." Friday and Saturday are pretty busy with regulars too. Sundays are huge, with 20 TVs going so "we have the Bills fans over here and Steelers over there and on the big screens we have the local teams like the Giants and the Jets."

There is Anchor Steam on tap and ample space (long booths, separate areas with tables and the long crooked-stick bar) to sit and think your thoughts or partake in conversation, which tends to be animated.

Lunch specials include tuna club and cup of soup. There are burgers made of 8-ounce black Angus beef and even wraps instead of rye if that is your thing. More features include a pool table, pizza and baby back ribs, as well as rock bands from time to time.

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