Friday, March 30, 2012

Maplewood Makes Biking Easier Throughout Our Community

Maplewood Enhances Biking Throughout the Community

Towns across America are enjoying biking not just as exercise, but as a way of life, as more and more bike lanes are sharing the roadways. And, of course, plans are being made in Maplewood to join this national effort to enhance the lifestyle and health of all residents.
New Bike Sign
“Within the last three years, the Maplewood Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) received two grants from the NJ Department of Health & Senior Services to purchase 40 bike racks,” said Mr. Charlie Bibbins, chair of TAC. “Our goal was to encourage bicycling and thereby promote healthy lifestyle choices, exercise and fitness.”

With the help of New Jersey Transit and the Board of Education, bike racks are available throughout the town with many commuters and students enjoying their new forms of transportation explained Bibbins. For the list of bike rack locations, click here. To view the online map for the rack locations in Maplewood, click here.
Bibbins explained that encouraging biking in Maplwood also would reduce the use of cars for short trips, ease the demand for parking and help reduce air pollution. Bike lanes are being designed ultimately, to provide connections straight through Maplewood to bike lanes in Millburn and South Orange.

Recently Bibbins encouraged The South Orange/Maplewood Bicycle Coalition (SOMbike), a community organization, to partner with TAC to promote and expand biking in Maplewood.

“We have been very involved in outreach and advocacy to encourage biking in South Orange and Maplewood,” said Kate Cahill, a member of SOMbike's Planning Group. For more information on SOMbike’s efforts, click here.

Strongly advocating for bike safety led SOMbike also to partner with the Adult School to offer courses in caring for bikes to both adults and children. Organizing family rides, bike clinics, bike registration, Bike to Work Week, and supporting Maplewood Township’s efforts to create its own policies are just a few of SOMbike’s accomplishments. For a few safety tips, click here.

One of the policies SOMbike encouraged Maplewood to adopt was the Complete Streets policy, which ensures that roadways are designed with all users in mind - including bicyclists, public transit vehicles and their riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.

SOMbike has also partnered with the Board of Education by educating fifth graders and middle school students during physical education classes on bike safety and care. District Supervisor of PE, Health and Nursing Services Judy LoBianco was pleased with the partnership. “Collaborating with SOMbike encourages children to engage in the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day,” said LoBianco. “This partnership with the community promotes physical activity through biking both before and after school and will hopefully encourage families to bike together as well.”

The community is invited to learn more about the biking efforts in Maplewood by biking to the Maplewood Green Day Fair in Memorial Park, on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Mark Slade
Keller Williams

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

7 Secrets to Winning Over More Buyers

7 Secrets to Winning Over More Buyers

Beer 'n (meat) Balls on April 7th

An Endless Meatball & Craft Beer Expo on April 7th

VIP beer-sommelier pairings + endless meatballs & 40 brews at Balls & Beer

Finally, a gourmet gathering that’s not afraid to show NYC it’s got a pair: Get Real’s Balls & Beer Festival, bringing together meatball-makers and local brewers on Saturday, April 7th. Your pass unlocks 3hrs to endlessly sip ~40 crafts curated by the event’s beer sommelier, sourced from such brew-minaries as Lagunitas, Dogfish Head, Allagash, Smuttynose, Kelso, Brooklyn, Cigar City, Sixpoint, Hill Farmstead, Wandering Star, and many, many more.

Will there be meatballs? You bet your a**, there will be! Get Real has tapped 10 chefs from NYC restaurants like Kupersmith, MexiQ & Alewife Queens to concoct specialty pork, chicken, beef, and, of course, gator meatballs that you’ll gorge upon endlessly for those same 3hrs. A general admission pass is just $38, and snags you a spot at either the early wave (1-4p) or the later one (7-10p); or grab a VIP pass ($49) to enjoy an exclusive cicerone-hosted pairing event an hour prior to each session, when you’ll get to go balls-out with first access to all the beer & gourmet grub.

For Tix:
To Get Tix

Mark Slade
Keller Williams

Monday, March 26, 2012

Rate The Best Sushi in the Area!

What's Your Favorite Sushi Restaurant?

Tell us where you go for your California rolls, smoked sake and salmon roe.

By Elizabeth Moore; with edits by Mark Slade

I used to go fishing with my grandfather as a kid. We would get home and we'd then clean the fish and ultimately pan fry it, grill it or bake it. It wasn't until college that I actually tried sushi and found a love for my favorite food.

There is nothing like the contrast of textures--smooth velvety taste of toro or the "crunchy" texture of fish roe. Then, the flavors of wasabi,the soothing ginger or the variety of tangy sauces from eel sauce, to spicy sauce, etc.

How do you judge sushi? by the creativity of the sushi chefs in varieties, names and preparations? By the consistency of the quality of their offerings?

Well, now is your chance to weigh in!

According to a 2010 article by Food & Wine, America has become a sushi nation — with Los Angeles boasting of 276 sushi restaurants and Masa in Manhattan making 200 rolls an hour on a busy day.

But we know you don't have to go to New York City or California for a terrific sushi meal. Millburn, Maplewood and South Orange present an array of amazing restaurants showing off fish delicacies for local diners.

This week, Patch wants to hear where you love to get your fresh fish and why. If you don't see your favorite sushi restaurant on the poll, add it in the comments section. We'll let you know the winner on Friday. And don't forget to vote. . . .

What's the best place around to get sushi?
Sakura, Millburn
Mt. Fuji, Maplewood
Ariyoshi, South Orange
Samurai Sushi, Millburn
Yama Sushi, South Orange
East Wok, Maplewood
Sapporo, Millburn
Benihana, Short Hills
Harusame, South Orange
Above Restaurant, South Orange

Mark Slade
Keller Williams

To vote, please go to Mapelwood Patch

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Montclair and Maplewood

I often get asked about the differences between two very good choices in towns which are bedroom communities of NYC--Maplewood and Montclair.

Here is the cliff note version I advise to pending immigrants:

Maplewood is more “quaint” and while it has 3 business areas, the downtown village is traditionally the most popular with 14 restaurants that cover virtually every food type. Maplewood’s claim to fame is having the only downtown in NJ without a traffic light and it prides itself on having a focus on independent businesses rather than national chains. If you want Starbucks, you need to drive to neighboring Millburn or South Orange. Because Maplewood is quaint, its events are centrally located http://lovetoliveinmaplewood.blogspot.com/2011/06/top-10-things-you-can-do-in-maplewood.html

As for another difference, with the exception of one Magnet elementary school you can apply to in Maplewood, the rest of our elementary schools are neighborhood specific; whereas, in Montclair all the elementary schools are magnet and you will need to apply to them (scroll down to the schools section of this site to get a resident’s description: http://www.montclairnjopenhouses.com/ )

Lastly, Maplewood has one train station, although there are a few trains that residents will try to take from neighboring South Orange that have differing times. Montclair has many more stations, but they have noticeably fewer trains during weekdays and half the scheduled trains that Maplewood does on weekends. Montclair makes up for this with have access to multiple express bus service stops to NYC.

When it comes to Museums: each have their own small exhibits, but Montclair is home to a wonderful art museum that I frequent.

I highly recommend you come out on a few weekends, drive around and check out some Open Houses if you are out on Sundays: www.maplewoodnjopenhouses.com and www.montclairnjopenhouses.com will help make this a more focused effort and don’t require any sign ins. These sites also have a good deal of town specific info to help you learn more.

Mark Slade
Keller Williams
Homes and Info

Monday, March 19, 2012

Tuscan School Play

Enjoying an incredible performance at Columbia High School's West Side Story, we can now turn our sights on Tuscan Elementary School's Kid's Choice Awards Show this week/weekend:


Friday, March 23rd - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 24th - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m
Sunday, March 25th - 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cast party in the cafeteria at 4:00 p.m.(after the performance) on Sunday, March 25th

Location: Maplewood Middle School Auditorium

Mark Slade
Keller Williams

Friday, March 16, 2012

Mad for Mad Men? Here is one way to cure your (January) JONES

With the New Season about to Premier on the 25th, there will be a lot of attention on this season. In the meantime, however, here is how to set the stage for your viewing:

The twinkling Manhattan high-rises; the put-your-best-face-forward fashions; the chain smoking, booze-soaked debauchery. Nothing makes you nostalgic for ’60s Manhattan glamour like the showMad Men — and you weren’t even alive back then.

Channel your inner Betty or Don Draper — if only for a night — with the Mad Men Cocktails Experience Walking Tour (at 43% off, no less). Put on your favorite full-skirted frock or three-piece suit for a three-hour lap of locations frequented by the characters from the AMC drama. Your tour guide will reveal facts about Mad Men and the history of the NYC ad industry as you meander through show hotspots (Grand Central Station, Madison Avenue) and maintain hydration, Mad Men-style, at some of the cast’s favorite watering holes (Oyster Bar, Roosevelt Hotel, P.J. Clarke’s).

Just in case the night turns into a Draper-level haze, you’ll receive vintage-style pictures as a memento of your evening.

Click Here to Order

Mark Slade
Keller Williams
Home Search

Getting a Mortage Quote

MBS--Mortgage Backed Securities--are down today, but it could have been much worse. MBS reached a low of -13/32 before moving up to the highs for the day.

The economic data again had little impact. CPI inflation matched the consensus, while Industrial Production and Consumer Sentiment fell short of expectations.

This chart shows the change in mortgage-backed securities (MBS) prices from today's market open at 8:00 AM ET and tracks how MBS prices have changed until the time of this post. The vertical-axis reflects the change in MBS pricing as measured in 32nds. Each 32nd is equal to 3.125 basis points. And, if you count the changes, there were over 33 changes in just 4 hours. So, when i mention to clients that consulting more than one mortgage broker will most definitely yield varying rates unless they could some how do their search at exactly the same split second

Falling MBS prices result in higher mortgage rates. Rising MBS prices result in lower mortgage rates. MBS pricing provided by MBSQuoteline.

Joe Farr
About the Author
Joe Farr is a 20-year veteran of the mortgage industry. He is MBSQuoteline's Director of Sales and Marketing. For up-to-the-minute MBS prices throughout the day, go to www.mbsquoteline.com.

Mark Slade
keller Williams
Home Search

Happy St Patrick's Day Weekend

This pic, sent to my by Prospect Mortgage's Justin Messing, says it all!

Mark Slade
Keller Williams

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

Where are you going to get your "Erin Go Braugh" on?

In just less than a week it will be St. Patrick's Day—a day filled with good cheer, good food, and festivities.

As we don our green to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, and proudly wear green attire and/or accessoris, there are lots of wonderful places to do that here in Essex County.

Where will you be going for corned beef and cabbage? Your favorite watering hole? Do you prefer a homey Irish pub or a party atmosphere with live music? A cozy spot filled with close friends?

Top Choices in the immediate area:
Cryans in South Orange?
St James Gate in Maplewood?
O'Reilly's in Maplewood?
Highland Place in Maplewood?
Bunny's in South Orange?

And lest not forget getting your green bagels at Bagel Chateau!

Mark Slade
Keller Williams
Maplewood and South Orange

CONNECTION: Leonard Bernstein--6 degrees--West Side Story Performance at Columbia High School

Leonard Bernstein's Son Gives CHS West Side Story the 'Thumbs Up'

Alexander Bernstein, son of composer Leonard Bernstein, attended the matinee performance of West Side Story at CHS on Sunday, March 11.

By Barbara Goldberg
March 11, 2012

Columbia High School's production of "West Side Story" won the applause of a special audience member at Sunday's matinee -- Alexander Bernstein, whose father Leonard Bernstein composed the music for the popular musical.

Standing to acknowledge the pit orchestra of high school musicians performing his father's theatrical masterpiece, Bernstein raised his arms and gave a double "thumbs up."

It was Bernstein's second visit to Columbia High School, located about 18 miles West (Side) of NYC after coming to the school on Wednesday to witness a rehearsal and answer students' questions. He took questions from students about topics including his father's choices in selecting notes and rhythms in the musical score, according to school officials and students.

Bernstein asked to visit CHS after hearing about the production from his friend Jim Oppenheim of Maplewood, father of Joseph, a CHS sophomore, and Julia, in 8th grade at Maplewood Middle School.

Mark Slade
Keller Williams
maplewood/south orange homes

For more about the above story, please click PATCH

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Arts in March!

Sunday, March 11
3:00pm -7:30pm
The Adult School
Trip to NJPAC (luxury coach leaves at 3pm from CHS Parking lot on West Parker Avenue between the railroad and Gleason’s)
Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight!
We have planned a special treat for you at the NJPAC: Hal Holbrook’s incomparable one-man-show will take us on a journey of humor and Ame ricana. We will take you from the CHS Parking lot on West Parker Avenue to the PAC to enjoy the performance! Afterward, we will gather for wine and cheese and conversation to make this a truly fine day with no hassles for you!

March 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 7:30 pm and March 18 at 2 pm.
The Unexpected Guest by Agatha Christie
The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts
10 Durand Rd.
For tickets: 973-761-8453 or call
or Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006 (or visit their website www.brownpapertickets.com).
The Strollers is excited to present “The Unexpected Guest”; a true murder mystery in the style and excellence that only Agatha Christie could develop. Murder mysteries are rarely done on stage, particularly those written by the best of the best of murder mysteries ̵ 1; so this production is a treat. Will you be able to figure out who is the murderer? Reservations are highly recommended.

Saturday, March 17
11:00am -12:00pm
Maplewood Library - Hilton Branch
Hands on Science Chemistry Party
An awesome hour of extreme experiments for ages 5-10. Space is strictly limited. Pre-register please.

Thursday, March 22
4:00pm - 4:30pm
Maplewood Library – Main Branch
Kids Video Book Reviews
Grades K-5 * Registration Required
Kids! Make your own short video for our new website. Talk about your favorite book or author! Parental permission slip required.

Thursday, March 22
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Maplewood Library – Hilton Branch
Women's Histo ry Movie
"Amelia" (rated PG) All ages are welcome. Just drop in.

Saturday, March 24
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Maplewood Library - Main Branch
Design Foundations Family Workshop
Learn about all the different types of bridges around the world and the basic principles of structure. Each family will build a bridge and we'll have a contest for the strongest bridge. Pre-register at Main Library

Saturday, March 24
8:00 pm
Studio B Presents: The Speakeasy Series
Maplewood Woman’s Club
60 Woodland Road
Tickets: $15 @ www.brownpapertickets.com/event/226626
Studio B is channeling an era when the entertainment was intoxicating, the booze was scintillating, and the locale was ... well, interesting. Join us ups tairs in the Maplewood Woman's Club where we'll dazzle you with Vaudeville, hooch, and forbidden fun.
Featuring: Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra, David Gold and Doug Skinner, Tori Erstwhile and the Montys, and many other incredible guests. Including a not-to-be-forgotten Maplewood Online spoof. Studio B is a project of the HK Community Fund.

Sunday, March 25
2 shows: 11:30 am and 1:00pm
Music For Kids
Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts
$5 at the door
The Maplewood Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs is proud to present a special series of performances that will introduce young listeners to the joys of music. Next up: “Ariana’s Musical Journey” featuring The Ariana Trio, a professional chamber music ensemble dedicated to music education and character development in young people. The show is a fully-produced theatrical p roduction, including musical performance, acting, costumes, scenery, and audience participation.

Monday, March 26
7:30 pm
The Adult School
Columbia High School, Auditorium
$40 ($45 at the door)
Celebrity Readings
Celebrity Readings, a shared evening of pathos, comedy and community, is the major fundraiser for the non-profit Adult School. Join The us Monday evening, March 26th, in the Columbia High School Auditorium to celebrate a decade’s worth of stories! Sean McCourt, an original cast member of Broadway’s Wicked, Mary Poppins, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and stage and screen actor Fred Applegate, now appearing on Broadway in Sister Act, will join Isaiah Sheffer, host of NPR’s “Selected Shorts,” for the Adult School’s tenth annual Celebrity Readings.

Tuesday, March 27
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Maplewood Library - Hilton Branch
Author talk and booksigning
Meet local author Kumari Ghafoor-Davis and hear tips from her book Real Talk: Ten Parenting Strategies to Raise Confident Successful Children.

Thursday, March 29
5:00 pm
Maplewood Library - Hilton Branch
Artists Reaching Communities
For kids: Write a libretto based on a book and then sing it.


Study w professional dancers from NYC
At Burgdorff Center
July 9 through 27 M-F 9 am to 1 pm. Extended day available through a partnership with a local childrens art studio! Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop and Choreography Workshops! Dance games and Pizza days! For info :www.lydiajohnsondance.org

Mark Slade
Keller Williams

Friday, March 9, 2012

Spring Forward; Don't Forget to Adjust Your Clocks Saturday Night!

The Groundhog told us that we had another 6 weeks of winter a month ago, but Groundhog Day begins the countdown to Spring. And, as the leaves start to sprout, bulbs start to shoot upwards, we need to remember that the Clocks soon need to be SPRING FORWARD!

Most of the United States begins Daylight Saving Time at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and reverts to standard time on the first Sunday in November. In the U.S., each time zone switches at a different time.

In the European Union, Summer Time begins and ends at 1:00 a.m. Universal Time (Greenwich Mean Time). It begins the last Sunday in March and ends the last Sunday in October. In the EU, all time zones change at the same moment.

Spring forward, Fall back

During DST, clocks are turned forward an hour, effectively moving an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.

Year DST Begins @2AM DST Ends @2AM

2012 March 11 November 4
2013 March 10 November 3
2014 March 9 November 2

Mark Slade
Keller Williams

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Want to Really Know what Columbia High School is Like?

Then, participate in this program for adults!

Mark Slade
keller williams


Community AffairsDepartment of Community AffairsDepartment of Community Affairs
TO: Fire Officials and Fire Chiefs
FROM: WKJR William Kramer, Jr. Acting Director/State Fire Marshal
DATE: February 14, 2012
SUBJECT: Impersonators (Updated)
The Division of Fire Safety has received reports of an individual impersonating a fire extinguisher servicing company in Camden County and Atlantic County.
This person entered a business carrying a clipboard, looked at the tag on a fire extinguisher, told the owner that he was from the company on the tag and convinced him that the extinguishers needed to be serviced. He then proceeded to walk through the business removing the tags from all of the fire extinguishers. He successfully convinced the owner to pay him in cash. He is described as a white or Hispanic male, heavy set, short dark hair wearing a blue windbreaker and kakis. He was also carrying a small clip board or note pad.

We are requesting that you notify all businesses in your community to report anyone fitting this description or attempting to do something similar immediately to the police. In addition, if they can safely obtain any other information including a vehicle description or license plate number that would be most helpful.
If you recognize this individual or receive reports of him operating in your community, notify local law enforcement and the Division of Fire Safety immediately. Notification to the Division should be made to our 877-NJFIRES number which is staffed 24/7.
Office of the Director
Division of Fire Safety

Mark Slade
Keller Williams

Whole Foods New Website

Just happened upon this new website from Whole Foods:

Dark Rye

Mark Slade
Keller Williams
Good Homes For Good People

Time for a New Facelift

Having been a Brand Consultant for many years, I figured I owed to myself and to my readers to update the look of my blog.  And, as any branding person would advise:  you need your brand logo to reflect your brand image and your brand name.

So, I went out to a good friend of mine who is a graphic artist, and with a few sketches I supplied, we have finally settled on a new look:

Tell me what you think!

Mark Slade
Keller Williams
maplewood and south orange homes

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Best part of living in a bedroom community of NYC, like Maplewood, South Orange or Montclair, is being able to take a quick 20-minute drive or 30-minute train ride into Manhattan to check out some cuisine.  According to Zagat's these are the top seven south-of-the-border Mexican joints from their 2012 New York City Restaurants Survey, and let us know what other eateries you think should be ranked in the comments.

No. 7: Fonda
  • Food: 23
  • Decor: 19
  • Service: 21
  • Cost: $38
No. 6: Crema
  • Food: 23
  • Decor: 18
  • Service: 20
  • Cost: $45

No. 5: Maya
  • Food: 23
  • Decor: 19
  • Service: 20
  • Cost: $53
No. 4: Toloache
  • Food: 23
  • Decor: 17
  • Service: 20
  • Cost: $45
  • Food: 24
  • Decor: 14
  • Service: 19
  • Cost: $34
No. 2:  Pampano
  • Food: 24
  • Decor: 22
  • Service: 22
  • Cost: $57
No. 1: Calexico
  • Food: 24
  • Decor: 12
  • Service: 16
  • Cost: $17

Sunday, March 4, 2012

By Carol Lloyd, Great Schools.com

“The last couple days we heard that Tyler had his head shoved into a wall locker, they said he was a geek.” We hear the voice of Tyler’s father speaking over home movies of a sandy-haired boy clowning around in the living room. “Some kids had told him that he was worthless, to go hang himself, and I think he got to a point to where enough was enough.” Suddenly we’re at a fresh gravesite and we understand that the worst has occurred: Tyler killed himself.

It’s only moments into the staggering new documentary called Bully,
but already a number of us are hiding our faces as we frankly lose it in the banal setting of the GreatSchools conference room. It’s a workday, after all, and the morning screening has taken us by surprise.

Last summer, GreatSchools got a chance to preview the new Lee Hirsch film set to be released under a storm of controversy on March 30th. Its message is urgent. Every year 13 million kids are bullied, as the movie tells us, making it the most common form of violence against children in America. It’s equally clear who needs to see this movie: many children (children who have been bullied, who have bullied others, or who have witnessed bullying) as well as every educator and parent in America.

The film, which follows the experience of five children whose lives have been forever changed by bullying, isn’t for the faint of heart. Watching it feels like having your chest opened with a can opener then sprinkled with rock salt. The music is haunting, the voices of parents who have lost their children are unspeakably sad, and the language is raw: apparently many kids swear like truck drivers when not in the presence of adults.

Bullying is not to be taken lightly.  NJ has a new bullying law, but people need to stop being apathetic and do something about putting an end to bullying.

for more:  Full Article

Mark Slade
Keller Willams

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Maplewood Restaurant Week 2012: March 19-25

Arturo’s Osteria & Pizzeria $35.00 three course tasting menu  M-Thu, lunch & dinner, full table participation required. 973.378.5800 180 Maplewood Avenue arturosnj.com
Cactus Charly $20.00 three course prix fixe meal 973.763.5150 6 Highland Place cactuscharly.com

Churrasco $29.95 four course meal per person; soup or salad, appetizer, entree, dessert 973.761.7744 1844 Springfield Avenue www.churrascosteakhouse.com
Coda Kitchen & Bar $30.00 prix fixe 3 course meal M-Thu; 15% off Sat/Sun brunch 973.327.2247 177 Maplewood Avenue codamaplewood.com

Da Kitchen $19.99 family style dinner special serves 4-6; Caribbean American Cuisine 973.996.2195

DiPietro Foods, Inc. $5 off any purchase $30 or more 973.762.4077 1701 Springfield Avenue East Wok special offers with purchases of $11, $20, $30, $40. offers exclude lunch specials; cannot be combined; call for details 973.763.6601 1878 Springfield Avenue

Edo’s Cakes $6 desert special -any 3 cupcakes 973.896.1003 1883 Springfield Avenue

Highland Place call for details 973.763.3083 5 Highland Place highlandplacesteak.com

HLS 10% off Menu Prices 973.763.1127 1859 Springfield Avenue hlsrestaurant.com

Hunan Wok 10% off purchase, not including lunch special 973.313.2700 1767 Springfield Avenue

Maple Leaf Diner $12.95 four course prix fixe meal 973.763.8833 165 Maplewood Avenue

Maplewood Deli & Grille 20% off Blackboard Specials 973.762.6688 149 Maplewood Avenue maplewooddeli.com

Maplewood Pizzeria & Family Restaurant $25:Salad or Chicken Wings, 2 lg Pizzas-1 w/topping
$19.99 2 lg Cheese Pizzas Buy 1 Dinner, Get 1 Dinner 1/2 Off Buy 1 Sandwich, Get 1 1/2 Off 973 378-8588 489 Valley Street www.maplewoodpizza.net

O’Reilly’s Pub $16: Large Pizza, 10 Chicken Wings, Pitcher of Soda 973-378-9774 2208 Millburn Avenue oreillysbarandgrill.com

Papa John’s Pizza $14.99 -  large pizza with 1 topping, cheese or bread sticks & 2 liter soda 973.761-6060 1863 Springfield Avenue www.papajohns.com

Park Wood Diner Free dessert with any dinner purchase 973.313.3990 1958 Springfield Avenue www.parkwooddiner.com

Parteaz $10 kid’s lunch & craft special call ahead ($15 at door); adults $5 973-447-0616 1860 Springfield Avenue www.parteaz.com

Restaurant Lorena’s $29 3 course prix fixe menu available from 5-6pm daily 973.763.4460 168 Maplewood Avenue restaurantlorena.com

Sona Indian Cuisine 10% off bill; dinner only 973.763.6770 61/2 Highland Place sonaindiancuisine.com

St. James’s Gate 25% off liter bottles of wine; $4 micro draft pints; $6 corned beef sandwich meal; $5 kid’s mac & cheese; – all week. $5 burger meal Sun-Thu only 973.378.2222 167 Maplewood Avenue stjamesgatepublickhouse.com

Verjus Restaurant $39.00 three course prix fixe dinner: appetizer, entrée, desert 973.378.8990 1790 Springfield Avenue verjusrestaurant.com

Village Burger 20% off all in-house dining; offer cannot be combined 973.996.2063 181 Maplewood Avenue villageburgermaplewood.com

Village Trattoria 20% off all in-house dining; offer cannot be combined 973.761.7711 2 Inwood Place villagetrattoria.com 7 Eleven $2 – 2 slices pizza and small fountain soda $2 973 761-1740 1712 Springfield Avenue

Mark Slade
Keller Williams

Thursday, March 1, 2012

I often get requests from people about taking a tour of Maplewood.  While I am only so happy to drive you around, there are some of us that prefer to do it on our own.

So, for you, here is a proposed tour route and step-by-step directions (the route is in orange).  I tried to keep the tour down to 20 minutes and in so doing, had to limit the tour to neighborhoods within 1.25 miles from the town center/train station.

If you follow the proposed route, you will see Maplewood Middle School, Columbia High School and 3 of our Elementary Schools--Tuscan, Clinton and Jefferson.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me as I'm only so happy to be one of your ambassadors of our beloved town--Maplewood.


Maplewood has several areas to explore.  Starting downtown and eating—Village Trattoria, St James Gate, Roman Gourmet, Bagel Chateau—are the most kid friendly restaurants.

If you venture across the way, crossing under train station on foot, you will be in Memorial Park where there are fields, a nice vista or two and a duck pond.

Driving around, I would recommend you start your tour by driving up Baker to Valley Street so you will see the town library, Maplewood Middle and the Maplewood Country Club.  Then make right onto Valley.  Go 2 blocks and make left on Harvard.  You will pass by Tuscan Elementary School, and take till end which is Rutgers.  Make left on Rutgers and take to end; make right on Tuscan Road and take left on Oakland.  This will give you a tour of Maplecrest park.  Continue and either make left on Plymouth or proceed to curve left on Oakland and work your way to Prospect Street.  Then, take Prospect and make rt turn on Elmwood.  Take Elmwood to light.  If you make right you could see the town pool.  If you turn left, and then make a left on Midwood, proceed till Highland and Make a right.  Crossover Parker and pass by Clinton Elementary ESchool.  Make left on Burr, cross back over Parker and make right turn onto Midwood, again.  At end of Midwood, I would make a right turn on Summit Ave and make a left on Parker.  Taking Parker down the hill will allow you to see Columbia High School.  I would make a left o n Kensington and take till end.  Make rt turn on Oakland Rd and cross over Valley Street to Dunnell.  Make right turn on Dunnell, and left on Jefferson.  Go under train trestle and proceed up the hill.  Make right turn on Kendal Ave and the left onto Cedar to top of hill.  Make left on Wyoming and take to Euclid and make left.  Go down to Ridgewood rd where you will see Jefferson School and make right turn.  Take Ridgewood to Baker and make left and you will end up back in town.  This will allow you to see a good cross sections of the neighborhoods under 1.25 miles from the train station, as well as seeing 3 elementary schools, Maplewood Middle and the High School.

If this is too detailed for you and/or if you would prefer a supervised and escorted tour, please f eel free to call me.

Mark Slade
Keller Williams
Maplewood Homes