Updated Jan. 26, 3:07 p.m. Maplewood Recycling Collections Suspended: Curbside recycling collections in Maplewood are suspended for the balance of today (Monday 1/26) due to snow and icy conditions on the roads. If your recycling has not been picked up by now, it will be collected at the next scheduled recycling collection on Monday, February 9, 2015. PLEASE REMOVE ALL REMAINING RECYCLING MATERIALS AND CONTAINERS FROM THE ROADS.
Updated Jan. 26, 2:30 p.m. The Maplewood Recreation Department has announced that library buildings will be closed at 3 p.m. today and will remain closed tomorrow; all Recreation activities will be cancelled for tonight and tomorrow; and senior transportation and programs will also be cancelled.
Updated Jan. 26, 2:09 p.m. Maplewood Police post snow emergency notice: Due to the declared Snow Emergency the Maplewood Police Department issues the following notifications and recommendations to the public:
- Any and All Overnight Street Parking is Prohibited until further notice. All Street Permits and Permissions are herby revoked and are not applicable during the snow emergency.
- Any and All vehicles parked on any street or inhibiting emergency operations in violation of Snow Emergency Parking Restrictions are subject to summons and removal by tow.
- The Board of Education prohibits parking in all BOE lots and property during the snow emergency.
- Do not throw, place or plow snow into the roadways. Any individual who throws, places or plows snow into the roadway is in violation of Township Ordinance and is subject to a summons and fine.
- Prepare for and remain alert to dangerous conditions that may develop and report emergencies by calling 911.
- In the event of a power outage please notify your power company directly to report the outage.
- All travel is discouraged during the storm.
Updated Jan. 26, 2:04 p.m. All South Orange-Maplewood public schools will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 27. The South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education schedule for tonight, Monday, Jan. 26, has been postponed.
Updated Jan. 26, 1:37 p.m. Seton Hall University closed at 1 p.m. today and will be closed tomorrow. South Orange Township has declared a state of emergency, canceling tonight’s Board of Trustees meeting and tomorrow’s State of the Township address.
Updated, Jan. 26, 12:32 p.m.: Gov. Christie declared a State of Emergency at a noon press conference. “I encourage all New Jerseyans to use every caution as they travel today and to remain off the roads whenever possible so that our first responders and public safety officials can safely respond to any emergency situations,” the governor said.
Updated, Jan. 26, 12:30 p.m.: The South Mountain YMCA Early Childcare Learning Center will close today, Monday, at 6 p.m. and all evening programs are cancelled. The ECLC and the entire branch will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 27.
Updated, Jan. 26, 12:28 p.m.: All Millburn schools will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, January 27 due to the snow storm.
Updated, Jan. 26, 12:25 p.m.: Maplewood Court 1/26/15 5:15 p.m. session cancelled due to weather. “We advise all defendants and involved parties to contact the court on Wednesday – at which time we should have all matters re-listed with a new court date.”
Updated, Jan. 26, 11:38 a.m. Maplewood Township has cancelled jitney service for Tuesday, January 27.
Updated: As of 9:25 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, Accuweather is predicting between 12-24 inches of snow for our area.
With a forecasted 20-30 inches of snow and blizzard conditions projected to hit the area between Monday and Tuesday, local residents made wary by recent rough winters and Superstorm Sandy are taking heed — but calmly.
Maplewood and South Orange residents reported that while some local supermarkets were “crazed” (ShopRite in Springfield and Millburn), Kings Super Market in Maplewood was “calm” as of 6 p.m., Ashley Market in South Orange was quiet, Pathmark is South Orange was “subdued” and well supplied, and Target and Costco on Rte. 10 still had plenty of milk and bread.
Meanwhile, Millburn Public Schools and the South Orange-Maplewood School District have announced early dismissal for Monday, January 26. Golda Och Academy in West Orange will have a noon dismissal on Monday, and the South Mountain YMCA has cancelled all After School Child Care programs for Monday, January 26.
PSE&G has tweeted that is preparing for the expected storm and advises customers to take precautions in case heavy snow and high winds cause widespread power outages. Essex County has declared a snow emergency in which no parking will be allowed on county roads between 4 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. Tuesday in order to plow and salt roads.
NJ Transit has announced that it is cross honoring all tickets systemwide from Monday, January 26 through Wednesday, January 28. While NJT reports that it “plans to operate a regular weekday schedule, however, due to the predicted severity of this storm, there is potential for significant shutdowns of NJ TRANSIT’s rail, bus, light rail and Access Link service. Please check njtransit.com for the latest service information.”
Meanwhile, local businesses are doing their part. Kitchen a la Mode posted on Facebook, “It’s a casserole/lasagna/pie/bread baking day, if ever I saw one!” The Able Baker‘s Facebook page noted, “Don’t let a little snow get in the way of your caffeine addiction. We’ll be open 7 to noon Monday.”
The Village Green will update this story as more information becomes available.