Friday, March 24, 2017

CHS CODE YELLOW "SHELTER IN PLACE" TODAY: ALL CLEAR

From Columbia High School today:

Dear CHS Families,  

CHS had a code yellow/shelter in place for about 15 minutes today when we were made aware of a potential safety concern.  Shelter in place means that no one is permitted to enter or leave the building, but that classes continue as usual.  
 
We were quickly able to ascertain that there was no direct threat to CHS.  The code yellow was lifted, and classes were able to complete period 3 and move on to period 4 on time. 

We are grateful for the assistance of the Maplewood Police Department in keeping our students and staff safe.

South Orange Maplewood School District

RENT PARTY TONIGHT


NJ TRANSIT MIDTOWN DIRECT TRAINS DIVERTED DUE TO PENN STATION DERAILMENT

From NJ Transit:

All rail service is suspended in and out PSNY due to a derailed Amtrak train in PSNY. MidTown Direct trains are being diverted to Hoboken Terminal. Cross honoring is in effect system-wide with NJT bus, private carriers, and PATH.

From WCBS TV:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An incoming NJ TRANSIT train was hit when an Amtrak train leaving Penn Station derailed Friday morning.
It happened around 9 a.m. as Acela Express Train 2151 from Boston was departing Penn on its way to Washington D.C.
Amtrak said the train had “a minor derailment while moving at a slow speed.” That’s when NJ TRANSIT said one of its trains coming into Penn from Montclair was hit by the Amtrak train when it came off the tracks

TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE APPROVES NEARLY $4 MILLION IN CAPITAL PROJECTS

The Township Committee this week approved $3.4 million in bonds for a variety of projects in 2017, from repaving of Maplewood Avenue to new computers for the library. The total cost of the projects with other funding is $3.9 million.

See the related legislation and list of projects HERE.

SCHOOL DISTRICT RACIAL BIAS TOWN HALL ANNOUNCED

From the school district Thursday evening;


Thursday, March 23, 2017

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED CAR BREAK-IN ON SPRINGFIELD AVENUE

...Scanner indicates police arresting a suspect for allegedly breaking into a car on Springfield Avenue, apprehending him near Yale Street ... No other details ...

TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE FLIPS ON RIGHT ON RED CHANGE AT BAKER/VALLEY

A plan to ease the No Right On Red restriction from Baker Street on to Valley Street was halted by the Township Committee on Tuesday night after three TC members who had originally supported the idea changed their minds.

An ordinance that had been approved on first reading two weeks ago was up for final passage. But three members who had voted for it originally -- Mayor Vic Deluca and committee members India Larrier and Greg Lembrich -- switched their votes. Frank McGehee had voted against it previously, while Nancy Adams remained the only supporter.

The ordinance would have allowed right turns on red at the intersection between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., but keep the restriction in place the rest of the day. It lost, 4-1.

Those who switched said they had received increased opposition from local neighbors concerned about safety, including many from the nearby Crescents.  

"There were a few other people who contacted us besides the folks on the Crescent," Deluca said. "I think in the interest of waiting to see what happens I am gonig to be voting no."

See other comments below:



The reversal also followed the submission of a letter opposing the change submitted with the names of 22 residents who objected.

See that letter HERE.

SNOW BLOWER THEFT AND SHOPLIFTER LEAD POLICE WEEK

From Maplewood Police:

March 14, 2017; Theft; Between 3 PM and 3:20 PM, a snow blower left in the front of a home on Jefferson Ave was stolen.

March 15, 2017; Shoplifting; At approximately 10:15 AM, a female shoplifted several pieces of jewelry from a store on Maplewood Ave.