Thursday, April 18, 2013
Maplewood Mayor says Senators who voted against expanded background checks "abandoned" American people.
Thursday, April 18
In reponse to Wednesday's U.S. Senate's defeat of a bill that would have expanded background checks for gun purchases. Maplewood's Mayor Vic DeLuca posted the following message on his Facebook page. (DeLuca is part of the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Read more about his work with that organization here, here and here.) Only in the United States Senate can a majority vote in favor of something and still lose. Today’s amendment to expand background checks for gun purchases had 54 votes in favor, a clear majority, but it did not meet the unrealistic and ridiculous procedural hurdle of 60 votes. Even though the American people overwhelmingly support expanded background checks, the Republican Party and a handful of Democrats abandoned …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Here's a look at what piqued readers' interests in Maplewood and South Orange this week.
PSE&G Responds to Latest Power Outage On Monday night, roughly 1,700 households lost power in a swath of central Maplewood. The outage, which lasted for roughly 90 minutes, was caused by a tree that fell onto a power line on Springfield Avenue and took out parts of a circuit. It was the third such outage since Superstorm Sandy, and some residents are frustrated. Maplewood' Tim Squyres Nominated for Oscar Tim Squyres, a longtime Maplewood resident, has been nominated for an Academy Award for Film Editing for the "Life of Pi." What's Up with the Wagon Wheel? Some Maplecrest neighborhood residents welcome it while others deem it a visual mess that makes the intersection less safe for pedestrians. Man Allegedly Assaulted, Robbed by Group of …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Maplewood mayor will urge federal action Wednesday to stem gun violence in country.
Tuesday, January 15
Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca will join 60 other mayors from across the country Wednesday in Washington, D.C., to advocate for stronger gun-control laws in light of last month’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn., his office announced Tuesday. De Luca is a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a national bipartisan coalition of more than 800 mayors with nearly a million grassroots supporters. “We will bring a message from the grassroots, from the moms and dads and sisters and brothers across America, that federal action is needed now to stem the tide of gun violence,” De Luca said in a news release. “New Jersey’s Congressional delegation needs to be on board with this effort.” In the wake of the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Over 750 mayors from around the country, including Maplewood's Vic DeLuca, are urging President Obama for stronger gun control in the wake of the Newtown, Ct. school shooting
Last week a 20-year-old man shot and killed 26 people, including 20 children, at a school in Newtown, Conn., his mother and himself. On Wednesday, over 750 mayors from around the country, who are part of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) coalition, signed a letter to call on President Barack Obama and Congress to pass stricter gun control legislation. "With all the carnage from gun violence in our country, it's still almost impossible to believe that a mass shooting in a kindergarten class could happen," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement. Bloomberg is Co-Chair of MAIG. "We heard after Columbine that it was too soon to talk about gun laws. We heard it after Virginia Tech. After Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek…