Archive for May, 2014

Maplewood Rubber Duck Race 2015



After the Memorial Day Parade,

the banks of the brook in Memorial Park

will be packed with Maplewoodians

cheering on their chosen water birds

as they race down the Rahway River.

Come on down on Memorial Day at 11am at Memorial Park.

All proceeds go to local children’s charities

Newark schools – The Zuckerberg donation




Money Can’t buy Reform

Five years after Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg’s pledge of $100m went to the Newark School system, reforms are sluggish.  Zuckerberg’s incentive donation has already been dispersed and has the Newark School District seen any sustainable positive change?

“Now Newark has fifty new principals, four new public high schools, a new teachers’ contract that ties pay to performance, and an agreement by most charter schools to serve their share of the neediest students. But residents only recently learned that the overhaul would require thousands of students to move to other schools, and a thousand teachers and more than eight hundred support staff to be laid off within three years. In mid-April, seventy-seven members of the clergy signed a letter to Christie requesting a moratorium on the plan, citing “venomous” public anger and “the moral imperative” that people have power over their own destiny”.  Booker, now a U.S. senator still publicly thinks the situation could have a positive outcome.

In my opinion, the media should keep flood lights on the subject of the Newark School systems.  Cory Booker and Chris Christie, who seemed to be on the same page on this issue obviously failed to appoint the right people to push this thru and coordinate with the public properly.  Without extreme tenacity on the part of the next mayor, Ras Baraka, I tend to believe that the vested interests will keep the Newark School systems in disrepair for their own financial gain.

Please read the link for a details.

River Clean Up


DSCN1549Each year the Rahway River Watershed in South Orange seems to look better and better.

The banks in Cameron Park (and now Waterlands Park also) get an annual spring cleaning on SO River day.  Sunday there were many concerned citizens (and yours truly) picking up refuse and and disposing of it properly.  Refreshments, Entertainment and the bags were provided.  All you need to do next year is wear your boots and gardening gloves and help out for as long as you’d like.

Dam in the South Mountain Reservation (update)












It would appear that the option of building an enormous (880 foot long, 70 foot high) dam in the Rahway River Watershed in the South Mountain Reservation is now ‘off the table.’   The Council of Mayors voted unanimously to concentrate on other options in an effort to lessen flooding farther down the waterway in Cranford.

Many people upstream are thankful, as are the grassroots group, Save Our Reservation chaired by former Maplewood Mayor Fred Profeta.  His group and the Council of Mayors advocated in favor of alternate solutions.  The alternate solutions include:

1)  adding extra capacity in an upstream body of water, the Orange Reservoir by dredging and creating two new outlets to release storm water.

2)  improving/dredging channels downstream in Kenilworth and Cranford and directly raising some homes in the floodzone in order to mitigate damage in Cranford.

The very expensive Army Corp of Engineers dam proposal would have flooded big sections of the reservation. Brookside drive which runs thru the reservation would have had to have been re-routed above the dam and the flood zone.  See the facebook page to see how much land would have been affected and also a link to for more info.!/SaveOurReservation/photos/a.488166641290006.1073741827.488153374624666/505868879519782/?type=1&theater