City Website: http://www.twp.maplewood.nj.us/
Maplewood is a suburban township located in Essex County and has a population of approximately 14,250 residents. Previously known as Jefferson Village, Maplewood was part of South Orange until 1922 when it became independent. In the early 1800’s the town consisted of large family farms as well as grist, woolen and paper mills. With the arrival of the railroad in 1860, the area began to develop into a residential community.
The Village of Maplewood is known for its charm, artistry and was recently referred to as Brooklyn West in an October 2014 article in the NY Times which is worth the read – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/12/realestate/maplewood-nj-if-brooklyn-were-a-suburb.html?_r=0.
From the Chocolate Walk to the annual Halloween Parade, Dickensons Village at Christmas, Girls Night out in the Spring and the NJ Pride Festival each summer, Maplewood attracts a wonderful mixture of friendly and community minded residents and visitors. Recently the Springfield Avenue side of town has had a Renaissance and that area is thriving with new businesses and restaurants.
Maplewood is part of the School District of South Orange and Maplewood which serves more than 6,600 students in nine schools, including six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. The community and its schools are racially and economically diverse with more than 90 percent of Columbia High School graduates planning to attend college each year.
As of October 15 of this year there are a total of 6,625 students enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12 as follows:
Columbia High School – 1858; Maplewood Middle School – 738; South Orange Middle School – 711; Clinton Elementary School (Maplewood) – 506; Jefferson Elementary School (Maplewood) – 527; Marshall Elementary School (South Orange) – 511; Seth Boyden Elementary School (Maplewood) – 537; South Mountain Elementary School (South Orange) – 619;
Tuscan Elementary School (Maplewood) – 618.
Maplewood is primarily a quiet, residential town with business districts and some industry including the well-known Hammond Inc., publishers of maps and atlases. Recreational facilities include a municipal pool, parks and cultural and community centers. Rich in history, the town has many historical landmarks such as The Durand- Hedden House and Garden (circa 1730). The town has seen recent development in the form of new apartments, rehabilitation of the Maplewood Country Club and the expansion of the 36-acre Ward Homestead property which became Fellowship Village, a retirement and assisted living facility that includes villas, apartments and a nursing center.
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