Roof Collapses in Maplewood Avenue House Fire

This article was originally published in the Maplewood Patch.

Fire officials are still investigating the cause of a Maplewood Avenue house fire, which tore through the home Friday night causing the roof to collapse, according to Maplewood Fire Chief Michael Dingelstedt.

The roof collapses on 57 Maplewood Ave. during a house fire. Credit: Bernie Cunningham, Millburn FD

The roof collapses on 57 Maplewood Ave. during a house fire. Credit: Bernie Cunningham, Millburn FD

The Maplewood Fire Department was called to 57 Maplewood Ave. around 9:40 p.m. on Friday, according to fire officials.

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Christmas Crash Victim Was a ‘Beautiful Person,’ Co-Worker Says

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Eileen Racioppi was working as a volunteer at a local senior citizens home on Christmas night shortly before she was killed in a car crash in Hanover Township, according to an nj.com report.

Racioppi volunteered as a concierge at Winchester Gardens Retirement Community in Maplewood every Sunday and every holiday for the past 30 years, said Carol Cross, a co-worker at the Winchester.

“We worked together for 15 and a half years,” said Cross. “She was a beautiful person, a lovely woman and it was a pleasure to know her.”

Racioppi was returning to her daughter’s home in Denville — where she lived with her husband, Robert, and her grandchildren — on Christmas night, when her vehicle went off the road, nj.com reported. Continue reading

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Maplewood Volunteer Killed in Christmas Crash

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A Denville woman was killed in a car crash Christmas night in Hanover Township while returning from Maplewood senior citizens home.

Eileen Racioppi was on her way home after volunteering at a Maplewood senior citizens home when her 1999 Cadillac left the roadway and sideswiped a utility pole before continuing north, where it struck a small cluster of trees, according to NJ.com.

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Northeast Film Festival Announces Nominees

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This article was originally published in the Maplewood Patch.

Independent filmmakers, directors, actors, actresses and fans will converge on Maplewood Theater in September for the Northeast Film Festival featuring “some of the best films on the circuit,” according to Festival Director Larry Rosen.

The Festival will take place at the theater, located at 155 Maplewood Ave., from Friday, September 13 to Sunday, September 15, culminating with the awards that night. Continue reading

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Mt. Tabor Boy Offers ‘Glimmer of Hope’ to Tumor Survivors

Sean Ries of Mount Tabor was just like any other five year old boy, until a seizure led doctors to discover a tumor the size of a golf ball growing inside his head.

Ries was diagnosed with a dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor (DNET) in 2012, just

Sean Ries. Credit: Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center Children’s Brain Tumor Project.

Sean Ries. Credit: Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center Children’s Brain Tumor Project.

after celebrating his fifth birthday.

Six weeks after two uncertain surgeries, Ries participated in the Miles for Hope 2012 and later joined the Children’s Brain Tumor Project as an Ambassador for the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center in New York City. Continue reading

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Par-Troy BOE Agrees to Reopen Talks With Paraprofessionals

This article was originally published in the Parsippany Patch.

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The Parsippany-Troy Hills Board of Education has decided to come back to the negotiating table rather than pass a request for proposal to outsource paraprofessional positions, after numerous paras, teachers and residents pleaded to keep the jobs in the district.

The Board and the Paraprofessional Association will resume negotiations, which initially ended at an impasse. Continue reading

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Barberio, Nelson Clash Over Department Head Directive

This article was originally published in the Parsippany Patch.

Parsippany Councilman Jonathan Nelson and Mayor James Barberio have been clashing after Barberio ordered the heads of township departments not to speak with Nelson without first getting permission from the mayor.

Nelson, who is running against Barberio in November, was contacted by a resident who requested him to follow up on information. After leaving a message for an administration member, Nelson received a call from the administrator’s assistant informing him he was no longer able to speak with the head of any department without first getting permission from Barberio’s office. Continue reading

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