Tuesday, August 23, 2016

MORE ON NEW MMS PRINCIPAL'S APPOINTMENT

We reported Monday night that the school board had appointed Dara Gronau as the new principal of Maplewood Middle School, choosing her to replace Jerrill Adams who resigned in June.

Gronau, a 1998 Columbia High School graduate, has also worked in Newark and Ridgewood schools. Among her previous posts was principal of Newark's West Side High School and supervisor of English for grades 6-12 in Ridgewood.

See the announcement by Superintendent John Ramos and her acceptance below:




You can also see her comments about priorities at last week's meet and greet at MMS, where she and fellow finalist Kevin Mason  talked to parents below:


BLOOD DRIVE AT THE WOODLAND TODAY

From the Township:

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLO OD DRIVE
2:30 PM- 7:30 PM
LOCATION: THE WOODLAND, 60 WOODLAND RD.
ALL PRESENTING DONORS WILL RECEIVE A $5 DUNKIN DONUTS GIFT CARD; REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
PLEASE CONTACT SGT. JORGE VARGAS AT (973) 862-3230 OR Jorge.a.vargas18.mil@mail.mil

PROGRAM PROVIDED BY THE U.S. ARMY RECRUITERS IN COOPERATION WITH THE MAPLEWOOD HEALTH DEPARTMENT

MORE VALLEY STREET ROAD CLOSURES TODAY

From Maplewood Police:

EXPECT ROAD CLOSURES IN THE VALLEY ST/HARVARD AVE AREA

MORE UNSECURED THEFTS LEAD POLICE WEEK

From Maplewood Police:

August 16, 2016; Bicycle Theft; Between 6 PM and 9 PM a bicycle left on the lawn of a North Terrace residence was stolen.

August 17, 2016; Motor Vehicle Theft; At approximately 4 AM a Chevy pickup truck was stolen from a business on Springfield Ave with the key.  The vehicle was later recovered in Irvington.

August 18, 2016; Theft; At approximately 1130 AM, a female walking on the 400 block of Boyden Ave had her cell phone snatched out of her hand.  The male that took the phone fled on foot towards Mill Rd.

August 18, 2016; Bicycle Theft; During the overnight hours a bicycle was stolen from an unsecured garage on Hudson Ave.

August 20, 2016; Theft from Autos; During the overnight hours three unsecured vehicles parked on Troy Court were entered.  Prescriptions, toys and change were stolen from the vehicles.

FALL ARTS PROGRAM REGISTRATION IS ON

From the Township:

Registration is now open for the Maplewood Recreation Fall 2016 Art Programs for children 2 - 5 years old.  All art programs are held at The Woodland, 60 Woodland Rd.

Talented Tots  Mondays from 10 - 10:45 AM is for children 2 to 4 years old accompanied by an adult.  Children will learn the basics of Arts & Crafts while socializing with other children.  The emphasis will be on the Fall Season.  Classes begin on Monday September 26th  and runs for 10 weeks for $110.00. ( 9/26 - 12/5 no class 10/3).

Kiddie Krafts Tuesdays 9:30 - 10:30 AM is for children 4 to 5 years old. This is a drop off class.  Children will use various types of art media while creating projects focusing on the Fall Season.  Classes begin on Tuesday September 27th and run for 10 weeks for a fee of $120.00. ( 9/27 - 12/13 no classes 10/4 & 11/8).

Talented Tots Wednesdays 10:00 - 10:45 AM is for children 2 to 4 years old accompanied by an adult.  Children will learn the basics of arts & crafts while socializing with other children.  The emphasis will be on the Fall Season.  Classes begin on Wednesday September 28th and runs for 10 weeks for $110.00. ( 9/28 - 12/14 no classes 10/12 & 11/23).

Registration may be done at the Maplewood Recreation Office, 574 Valley Street or online at 

http://register.communitypass.net/maplewood under Fall/Winter 2016-17.  Any questions please call 973 763 4202.

Monday, August 22, 2016

FORMER CHS GRADUATE CHOSEN NEW MMS PRINCIPAL

Dara Gronau
The Board of Education on Monday night appointed Dara Gronau, a Columbia High School graduate and veteran administrator in Newark and Ridgewood, to be the new principal at Maplewood Middle School.

Gronau replaces Jerrill Adams, who resigned in June after less than two years on the job. She was one of two finalists for the position who met with parents last week at a meet and greet. The other finalist was Kevin Mason, assistant principal at Tuscan School.

Gronau is a 1998 CHS graduate and a member of the school's athletic hall of fame.

The board voted, 7-0, on the appointment, with Board Member Johanna Wright abstaining and Board Member Maureen Jones absent.

SCHOOL BOARD SET TO APPROVE SUPERINTENDENT'S NEARLY $3,000 TRIP

The Board of Education tonight plans to approve a trip to an education conference in New Orleans for Superintendent John Ramos at an estimated cost of $2,902.00.

See the resolution below.



This seems interesting as the district prepares to start a new school year with 11 fewer teachers, who were cut due to budget constraints.

See the full agenda HERE. The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. at the board offices, 525 Academy St.

POLICE INCREASE WOODLAND ROAD PATROLS AFTER REPORTS OF SUSPICIOUS PERSON

From Maplewood Police:

August 18, 2016; Suspicious Person/Vehicle; The Maplewood Police Department received a report from two residents of Woodland Rd.  Both reported seeing a white male between 40-50 years old with gray sandy hair sitting inside of a four door black vehicle.  The male was observed sitting in the area for an extended period of time and then left only to return ten minutes later and sit in the vehicle for approximately 40 minutes.  

He was observed between the hours of 4:30 PM and 6 PM.  The Maplewood Police Department received the report several hours later and has since increased patrols in the area.  Anyone who observes suspicious activity in this area or any area of town is asked to contact the Maplewood Police Department as soon as possible.