Special enclaves like Roosevelt Park have their own history. Teddy Roosevelt spent summers at his uncle’s estate here. Now Roosevelt Street is part of the Jefferson community that includes a small group of shops with resale clothing and furniture, an art gallery and cupcakes.
Your Maplewood neighbor may be a Broadway star, like Christine Ebersole, a journalist, author or a Wall Street executive. Often listed as one of the best communities to live in, Maplewood is one the short list of many families moving from Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Maplewood, along with South Orange, has made a conscious effort to maintain a diverse community. The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race is an organization committed to â€œbuilding a unique, suburban community that is free of racial segregation in housing patterns and community involvement.
- Clinton:kindergarten through 5th.
- Tuscan:kindergarten through 5th.
- Seth Boyden:kindergarten through 5th. (Any family in the district may choose this demonstration school, â€œâ€¦established to provide an innovative program of instruction to meet the needs of a diverse student population reflecting the integrated communities of South Orange and Maplewood.)
- Jefferson:grades 3:5.
- Maplewood Middle School:6th, 7th and 8th grades
- (there is also a South Orange Middle).
Since there are variables, including the exact location of your home and parental choice, that determine where your children will go to school I will be happy to help you sort it out. My daughters went to Marshall and Jefferson and are now in Middle School and High School so I have a parent’s perspective. I’m also happy to connect you with other families attending any of the schools.
If you have a green thumb, or want to grow one, the Garden Club Plant Sale held each May at the pool will get you started. If you need more space than your yard or just like to be with other gardeners, the Maplewood Community Garden is for you.
Photo 4For two days every summer Memorial Field turns into Maplewoodstock. Neighbors gather on the lawn to listen to great music. Local artisans sell their crafts and restaurants sell food and drinks. This free event was founded by local music lovers including Jamie Ross. Jamie is also the man behind Maplewood Online. This website provides a central site for residents to ask questions, get information and connect with each other.
Art galleries and studios abound. The nonprofit 1978 Arts Center and Gerlyn’s Art Studio offer classes, shows and sales. Every spring Maplewood and South Orange host the Artist Studio Tour with over 60 galleries, studios and exhibits open to the public.
There’s so much right here in Maplewood, you may never want to leave town. But if you do, you’re a quick train trip away from New York City and all it has to offer. Under an hour’s drive, you’re at the Jersey shore or in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Weekend trips to Philadelphia, Boston and Washington DC are great for the whole family. The Mall at Short Hills and Livingston Mall are only 15 minutes away.