Monday, July 4, 2011
Annual ice cream eating contest not without hazard.
They may have figured out how to move 200 kids through before the ice cream melts, but the Rotary Club of Maplewood has yet to solve the brain freeze issue. The best they could offer to the contestants was the assurance that the brain freeze only lasted a few seconds. "If you want to win," said Caroline Gosselin, Rotary Club member, "you need to put as much as possible in your mouth." The first kid to clean his or her plate in each age category was the winner. Most of the little kids were unmoved to finish fast — this was ice cream after all and it needed to be savored. But as the contestants got older, the race was on. By the time that the 5th-grade-and-up category took its turn, the finish time could be measured in fractions of a second…
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Tuscan School Spring Concert a big success at Maplewood Middle School.
A very warm spring night made for a lovely evening for the Tuscan Spring Concert on Tuesday, May 24. With 30 orchestral students, 46 band members and a chorus numbering 170, the move from Tuscan Elementary School's auditorium to that of Maplewood Middle School was a necessity. Students arrived early dressed in black and white, as Tuscan music teacher Claire Van Tine called out directions. “Everyone has worked extremely hard,” said Van Tine during a momentary lull. “It shows just how strong and supported the arts are in this town.” Parents milled around as students found their places, their sheet music and maybe a missing mouth piece to a trombone that had fallen off and rolled under a seat. After everyone was settled in, Malikah Majeed, …
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
CWA and State PBA throw retirement party for County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.
- Joy Yagid
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. missed his own "retirement" party Wednesday, opting to spend his time in Puerto Rico, where he is vacationing. The party, attended by about 20 people, came complete with cake and ice cream. It was thrown for him by angry union members at South Orange Village Hall in South Orange just prior to the start of the public meeting of the Essex County Freeholders. The "party" followed news released last week that, due to a loophole in state pension laws, DiVincenzo has been collecting a pension since last August while still collecting a paycheck as County Executive. DiVincenzo later apologized for the controversy surrounding his pension but not for collecting the pension. "I put in 29 years, I …