Saturday, April 29, 2017

LOS LOBOS TO HEADLINE MAPLEWOODSTOCK 2017

From Maplewoodstock:

Maplewood, NJ: The 14th Annual Maplewoodstock Music and Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, July 8, and Sunday, July 9, 2017, from noon until 10:00 pm each day. This free, two-day, live music and arts event will be held at Memorial Park, Maplewood, NJ, (160 Dunnell Rd, Maplewood, NJ, 07040 -- directly opposite Maplewood’s NJ Transit train station).

Saturday's Headliner is the legendary Los Lobos. Los Lobos’s dynamic songwriting, deeply poetic lyrics, thoughtful romantic and spiritual themes, and eclectic style are a uniquely American, in the rich literary tradition of legendary authors John Steinbeck and William Faulkner. Over 30 years after Los Lobos’ major label breakthrough How Will The Wolf Survive? -- their 1984 album that ranks #30 on Rolling Stones list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s – the band is surviving quite well and still jamming with the same raw intensity as they had when they began in that East L.A. garage in 1973. 

Sunday's show will feature The Hip Abduction and then close with Headline Act Ruthie Foster. Ruthie Foster (based in Austin, TX) has described her live shows as “hallelujah time” and a mix of as “some blues, some folk, some soul, some rock, some gospel.” 

 A total of 24 bands will perform over the two-day festival. In addition to the music, there will be local arts and craft vendors, who bring unique offerings of handcrafted goods. It’s rare find of arts and crafts amid such a diverse musical program. In addition to the music and arts vendors, the Maplewoodstock festival will offer a food court – a cornucopia of options for the whole family from chicken fingers and tacos to lobster rolls and gluten free cupcakes -- a beer garden for kid-dodging parents, and a large KidZone with games, inflatable rides, crafts, and more for our youngest attendees and their minders. 

“Our goal is to put on the best possible free music and art festival that we can – one with deep roots in the Maplewood community,” says Maplewoodstock Chairperson Drew Dix. “We love seeing old friends and neighbors – and new friends! – relaxing on their blankets and lawn chairs, enjoying their picnic baskets, and packing the hillside park for a family-friendly weekend of music, art, food, and the best of the Maplewood community.” 

A full line-up of band bios, directions, and real-time updates can be found on the maplewoodstock.com website. EDITORS: More details can be found at www.maplewoodstock.com.

MAKER MADNESS AT CHS TODAY

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COPS PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKEBACK DAY TODAY




SCHOOL DISTRICT SPECIAL EDUCATION DIRECTOR SEARCH CONTINUES, JOB CHANGED SLIGHTLY

From the South Orange Maplewood School District:

Dear SOMSD Community:

On Monday April 17th, SOMSD Administrators met with parents and guardians to discuss issues of particular interest to the Special Education community.

Kevin Walston, Assistant Superintendent for Administration, provided an update on the search we are conducting with Atlantic Research Partners for a new Director to replace Ella Rideau, who retired in December 2016.  The initial search in Fall 2016 did not result in identification of a suitable candidate who had the right mix of expertise and experience in key areas.  Atlantic restarted the search process in January 2017, using both advertising and outreach to professional networks.

In the process, the District and Atlantic expanded the role to include Youth Development, which adds responsibilities for overseeing 504s, guidance, intervention and referral services (I&RS) and social worker services to the previous responsibilities of the Director of Special Services.  The newly reconfigured position is now titled “Executive Director of Special Services & Youth Development.”

Since the redefinition of the job, we have received and reviewed additional candidates, bringing the total candidate pool to 71 applicants.  We plan to hold level 1 and level 2 interviews in early May.

David Lieberman, current Interim Director of Special Services & Youth Development, facilitated a discussion on ways the expanded role of this position will facilitate more seamless services for students, more effective communications for parents/guardians, and better support for staff.  Mr. Lieberman also provided an update on some initiatives currently being worked on by the department.

More complete notes of the discussion are in the attached updates.
South Orange Maplewood School District

Friday, April 28, 2017

HOW TO GET IN ON SATURDAY'S CLIMATE MARCH TO D.C.


TEACHERS UNION PROTESTS BUDGET CHOICES AT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

About two dozen school district teachers showed up at Monday night's school board meeting to protest budget choices, claiming they are still affected by a lack of substitute teachers and other spending decisions.

Barbara Bracey, a teacher at Tuscan School, spoke for the teachers who appeared under the umbrella of their union, South Orange Maplewood Education Association, and cited several budget decisions, including Let's Talk and merit pay.

See her comments below:



See more on Monday night's budget discussion HERE.

PORTIONS OF RIDGEWOOD ROAD CLOSED TODAY

From Maplewood Police:

Advisory: There will be temporary closures on Ridgewood Rd today due to construction. Plan alternate routes

CHS SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL TODAY

From Columbia High School:

 Fifteenth Annual Columbia High School Shakespeare Festival

An all-day event in the 
CHS auditorium featuring 
performances by members of the 
CHS Shakespeare Festival Club, 
SOMS Shakespeare Club, various 
English classes, and anyone willing 
to perform. 

Student performances will occur throughout the day sprinkled 
with video clips, trivia and contests presented by our student 
emcees. 

This year’s theme is The Women of Shakespeare:“And though she 
be but little, she is fierce” (A Midsummer Night’s Dream 3.2.325), 
selected to recognize the often overlooked female characters
of the canon. 

The festival will highlight scenes from Macbeth, The Taming of the
Shrew, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado 
About Nothing, Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, 
As You Like It, and Antony and Cleopatra.

Each period will begin with a Step Team performance inspired by 
Othello.  The Shakespeare Festival is open to the public and we 
invite the entire MAPSO community to come and partake in the 
festivities!