Tuesday, December 6, 2016

TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING TONIGHT: FROM TAX REASSESSMENT TO STOP SIGNS

A pretty busy Township Committee meeting is set for tonight. 

First the TC will hear an update from the firm doing the property tax reassessment, Appraisal Systems Inc (ASI).

The governing body also plans to approve another seven stop signs and discuss plans to make Maplewood a sanctuary city, while also reviewing cold weather enclosures for Maplewood Village.

See the full agenda HERE.

The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 574 Valley St.

There are also always two public comment portions. So show up, ask a question, give them a piece of your mind or a pat on the back.

Remember, they work for you!

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING ROOM EXPECTED TO BE CLOSED THROUGH MARCH

The Board of Education meeting room, which has been unusable since September due to the collapse of the ceiling in the room below it, is expected to be out of use until at least March.

District officials did not respond to requests for comment or details on the likely reopening or the extent of damage, but sources within the district offices revealed that March was the latest date to re-open the first-floor room. It is unclear why the delay has occurred as the school board had initially hoped to return to the meeting room as early as this month.

Since the collapse during the week of Sept. 16, 2016, the board has been forced to meet in other locations including the Columbia High School auditorium and library. Last week, they met at South Orange Middle School.

Relocating the meetings makes it more difficult to broadcast them live and record them for later posting online.

On Oct. 17, the board approved a resolution to hire four firms for storage, construction and consulting related to the repairs under an emergency no-bid provision in state law. But it did not indicate a cost estimate.

The board's next regular meeting is set for Dec. 19.

BIG LIBRARY DAY: FROM BABY LIT TO OBAMACARE HELP

Baby Lit

12:00 am

Main Library * Ages Birth – 2 1/2 * Drop In * All children must be accompanied by an adult
Tuesdays @ 10:30-11 am: 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20


Health Insurance: Come In, Get Covered

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Hilton Branch – Open enrollment is from Nov. 1, 2016 to Jan. 31, 2017. Trained in-person assisters will help you find a plan to fit your budget—one that covers emergencies, doctor visits, prescriptions, hospitalization and maternity care. Pre-existing   conditions, too.

Consultations are on a drop-in basis. No registration is required.
What to Bring
  • Social Security Numbers for all household members (or immigration documents)
  • Employer and income information for every member of your household who needs coverage (from pay stubs or W-2 forms)
  • Current health insurance plan information for everyone in the household
Brought to you by the Oranges ACA Navigator Project under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HIlton Preschool Storytime

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Hilton Branch * Ages 2 1/2 – 5 * Drop In * All children must be accompanied by an adult
Tuesdays @ 4-4:30 pm: 12/6, 12/13

Create Space – Maplewood Library’s Makerspace is Open!

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hilton Branch – Every Tuesday 5:00-8:00 pm, Thursday 5:00-8:00 pm, and Saturday 10-1 pm. Patrons can use Rhino 3D software to build a model, print an object on our 3D printer or use our new color printer or laminator.  There are also Snap Circuits, Squishy Circuits, littleBits and SparkFun kits for the kids. Raspberry Pi single board computers are also available to learn more about computer science.  More information about the Create Space…

Digital Device Clinic

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Get free one-on-one support for using your e-reader, tablet, smartphone, or other electronic device.  The clinics will take place during the Create Space drop-in hours. Open to adults, teens and children.

Monday, December 5, 2016

PEDESTRIAN HIT BY CAR SHUTS PORTION OF SPRINGFIELD AVENUE

A busy portion of Springfield Avenue was blocked off for two hours Monday night after a pedestrian was struck by a car, according to police at the scene.

The incident occurred at about 8:45 p.m. in front of Walgreen's at Springfield and Burnett avenues. Police blocked of the portion of Springfield between Burnett and Vermont Avenue.

Details on the injured pedestrian, who was taken to University Hospital, are still pending.



TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE TO CHOOSE 2017 MAYOR ON TUESDAY

The Township Committee is expected to decide who will be mayor in 2017 at the end of Tuesday's regular TC meeting.

Since all five of the TC members, and incoming member Frank McGehee, are Democrats, they will technically meet in a party political caucus after the meeting ends. During that meeting, they will choose the mayor for 2017, who is expected to again be Vic Deluca.

Mayor Vic Deluca
Deluca, who is facing re-election in 2017, has served in the yearly post since 2009. The TC will also choose a deputy mayor.

The governing body must wait until the Jan. 1, 2017, reorganization meeting to technically appoint the 2017 mayor, but the caucus choice is the first step.

The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

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SOMA WHITE POPULATION GROWING, BLACKS DECREASING

More whites, Asians and Hispanics are moving into South Orange and Maplewood, while fewer blacks are joining our community, according to a new report from the Community Coalition on Race.

The 46-page report was presented at a public meeting last month and also noted that blacks are declining in population at all district schools except Seth Boyden, where they continue to increase and are now above 65%. Tuscan School has the largest percentage of white students, at about 66%.

Columbia High School, where more than half of the students were black until 2013, now has just 45% African-Americans. White CHS students, meanwhile, have increased from below 40% for most of the past 15 years to 45% as well, with estimates that they will surpass the black population in coming years.

"The white share will continue to rise for some years," the report stated. "As the students now in the middle schools, which are still getting whiter, enter CHS."

The report blames much of the change on a "lack of lower cost housing," adding, "we currently serve well those making over $100,000 in terms of housing affordability but have fewer options for those earning less than $100,000."

It also stated: "the income of black residents in both towns is lower and there is an increasing gap between blacks and whites."

See the entire report HERE.

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