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Updated: A Younger, Smarter, Better Me

Video linked from TEDTalksDirector  This video is about Kelvin Doe, a young Sierra Leonean inventor. Watching this video one can only imagine how he will develop his community. Kelvin is younger, smarter, and better than me for these youthful dreams of his.  In a sense. Certainly, he is his own person; I see some of myself…

Read PerfectlyPlanned blog in 5 Languages

You can read this blog in 4 translations: Italian, Haitian Creole, French & Spanish+ English. Select links below.  =) Leggi questo blog in lingua italiana. Prossimo link selezionare in fondo alla pagina. (Italian) Li blog sa-a nan lang kreyòl ayisyen. Next ap mennen chwazi nan pati anba paj la.  (Haitian Creole) Lire ce blog en français. Le…

“What These Streets Mean to Me.”

“The streets that nurtured me made sure that I’d never go too far.” I grew up during my critical years walking the streets of Maplewood. At the time I graduated, Lauryn Hill, a South Orange resident and an alumnus of our HS, gave my graduating class, the class of 2000, an anthem: Lauryn Hill “Every Ghetto,…

2012-13 Jitney Schedule – Video Format

These schedules were created by Maplewood Township. PerfectlyPlanned Blog by W. S. Hughes is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License

Black Royalty

I’ve heard comments. But do local students realize they have black royalty walking in their halls? They’ve got Bob Marley’s grand children attending classes with them. Born to a mother who is, arguably, the most influential rapper of the 20th century. She rivals Eminem and Nas. And I won’t even put ‘woman’ in front of…

In Memory of Rehtaeh Parsons

Rehtaeh Parsons isn’t from Maplewood, she’s from Canada. This post is for her. And all girls. As a woman, her story touches me profoundly.  When I think of Rehteah’s story, I think that it would be awesome if society treated women better, protected our young girls, and prosecuted anyone to the fullest extent of the law who…

Full Circle: Re-Development Next to Train Station

One of my earliest blog posts was on the topic of how the old police station land should be re-developed. Four years later the project is almost complete and my writing on local development comes full circle.  On Friday November 2009 I wrote my first piece on how this property should be utilized. I’ve always wanted…

Noticed the New Gazebo?

There’s a new attraction on Springfield Avenue that adds a charm to the corridor near Maplecrest Park and Hilton Library. Word on the streets of Maplewood is that it’s fully equipped for concerts in the park. With the holidays fast approaching, possibilities for concerts and carols in the works, and the newest snow, it’ll prove…

2012 Election Results in Maplewood

So, how did residents vote in this year’s presidential election? How many more votes did Presisent Obama win over Romney? 1000s. Turns out Maplewoodians are crazy about President Obama! Read the details in Patch.com article: Maplewood Vote 2012. PerfectlyPlanned Blog by W. S. Hughes is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License l Image found on Google search*

Beautiful Article, “Vernacular Rocks”

Frank Raso wrote a beautiful article about local architecture in South Orange-Maplewood for the October 2012 issue of Maplewood Matters Magazine. It’s a thorough piece that describes what the landscape was like before suburbanization, and how the architecture throughout both towns was built by “farmers building with materials they had excavated themselves”. Called vernacular architecture, farmers used local sandstone blocks…