Monday, February 11, 2013
A foggy February day gives an eerie air to Maplewood.
Monday morning brought a blanket of fog to Maplewood. With the thick covering of snow still on the ground, the fog lent a spectral, almost cinematic air to town. In this photo of Memorial Park, looking northeast through the trees, Maplewood Town Hall is a barely visible, ghostly presence in the background. Tuesday's weather forecast calls for clear, sunny skies and temperatures in the low to mid 40s.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Here's a look at what you might have missed this week in town.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Car Crashes into House Near High School A car crashed into a residence on Valley Street near the corner of Parker Avenue across from Columbia High School Friday afternoon shortly before school dismissal, injuring the driver and causing minor damage to the building, according to police and fire officials. Construction to Start on 7-Eleven Near High School Construction should begin "any day now" on a new 7-Eleven store located at the corner of Valley Street and Parker Avenue across from Columbia High School, according to the developer's attorney. "We are ready to go, as soon as permits are pulled," said Louis Rago, attorney for Ali Enterprises, LLC. The Cupcake Corral Needs You On the week of its second birthday, Cupcake Corral owners …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Temporary lighting will accommodate evening soccer practices.
The Maplewood Township Committee approved a resolution on Tuesday to rent temporary lighting for the south field at Memorial Park, at a cost not to exceed $28,000. The lights would enable local sports teams such as Cougar Soccer to hold night practices. The resolution passed 4-1, with Committeeman Marlon Brownlee dissenting. Brownlee cited concerns about the large range of the cost estimate, which was between $16,000 - 28,000. "It's not an insignificant amount of money," he said. Mayor Vic DeLuca also expressed concern about the range -- "It's kind of like a blank check," he said -- but he noted, "We do not have a lit field in this town." He asked Township Administrator Joseph Manning to request a more specific estimate from the …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Amity-Unity-Infinity Community Installation Project will culminate on July 4 in Memorial Park. Right now, it's on a lawn near you.
Competing with this season's flock of migrating pink flamingos, circular hoops on poles have been sprouting up on lawns around Maplewood. Sometimes alone, often in groups of three — colored red, white and blue — the hoops have prompted some creative speculation. Is it the work of a local coven? Are they Quidditch goals or giant bubble wands? None of the above. The poles are the brainchild of local artist Benjamin John Kaufman who annually plans a large-scale public art project for the town's 4th of July celebration in Memorial Park (check out the 2009 project and the 2011 project). Residents can contact Kaufman or visit 1978 Maplewood Arts Center on Saturday mornings to collect their hoops free of charge. The idea is to take them home and …
Thursday, November 11, 2010
A new memorial to honor Maplewoodians who served in Viet Nam is almost complete
About four years ago, former Maplewood Parks and Shade Tree Supervisor Newt Meeker and current Shade Tree Supervisor Todd Lamm had a conversation about having a memorial to those who served and gave their lives in service during the war in Viet Nam. "Newt mentioned that this was his favorite spot in Memorial Park. He called the patch the Viet Nam Grove," said Todd Lamm. According to records, most of the trees in this location were planted during the Viet Nam era. "Newt felt it was an appropriate setting for the memorial." Lamm approached Eric Burbank, now Maplewood Public Works Director, about the conversation he had with Meeker and his idea for the memorial. "Todd told me of his idea and did some layout work with some landscapers who …
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Maplewood is a hotspot for spying on our fine feathered friends.
New Jersey is considered by many to be among the very best bird watching “hotspots” in North America. Our state’s lucky position on a major bird migration superhighway means that we get the benefit of cheering on our feathered friends as they make their southward journey for a warm-weather winter. Here in Maplewood, we have both Memorial Park and the South Mountain Reservation to lure all our traveling friends for a layover reprieve from their travels. Our proximity to the relatively green-free urban areas of Newark and New York make our assets even more tempting for the winged creatures. Getting an all-access pass to watch the migration in action is incredibly easy. Simply slow down on your next walk around town or through the park, …
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Six monk parakeets, birds once native only to Argentina, have been spotted in Memorial Park.
The monk parakeet, also known as the quaker parrot, is a large, mainly green bird with blue accent feathers and a broad, pale gray underbelly. The birds were first introduced to North America as pets, and feral populations of the parakeets were noted in the wild on Long Island as early as the late 1960s. Many theories exist as to how and when the birds were introduced to the area, but the most viable is that the birds were released by or escaped from pet owners throughout the 1960s and 1970s. From there, the birds most likely flocked, mated, and produced viable colonies that have proliferated to this day. The monk parakeets have been sighted mainly in New York and Connecticut, where several colonies have been studied and observed. The …
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Thieves reportedly made off with an iPod and a small amount of cash.
Police say a robbery was reported in Memorial Park on Sunday, Aug. 2. According to a police report, sometime around 9:40 p.m., two black male teenagers approached a man, asking if he had change for a $20 bill. Following the inquiry, one of the teens reportedly put the victim in a headlock. The second teen stole $25, an iPod, a cell phone and a house key from the victim. Both suspects are described as between the age of 15 and 17, and black. One was described as approximately 5’7” and 145 lbs, and wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. The second suspect is believed to be about the same age, but with a chubby build. He reportedly wore a white t-shirt, blue jeans and covered his face with a red bandana.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Before the rain came, Memorial Park was full of music
Friday, June 19, 2009
Shortly before this week's monsoon weather commenced, community musicians gathered in Memorial Park outside the main branch of the library to share music and cheer. The home-brewed trombone quartet Bones Unlimited kicked off the proceedings with a set that included Duke Ellington's "I'm Beginning to See the Light." "Ironic given the weather" commented band member Susan Dillon, but the rain held off long enough for Dillon and her fellow Bones band members Ben Williams, Jim Weiss and Jim Buchanan to run through a lively set. The Maplewood community band turned in a spirited performance of songs ranging from the music of 17th century composers to tunes from late 20th century rock 'n' roll. "Fanfare Rondeau" by Jean-Joseph Mouret (which some …