Archive for July, 2010

Gaslight gadgets go green, save money and CO2 for S.O.

Gaslight savings

South Orange has an ambitious plan to install devices with solar-sensors to switch a dozen or so of our iconic gaslights off during the day and on at night.  This plan will save the town money and CO2 emissions, as there is no reason for the lights to be on during the day.   After much hard work by Trustee, Howard Levison and the town’s Energy Committee, the plan is beginning to come to fruition, as the first one has been installed on Montague.  If the dozen prototypes work smoothly for a year, they would then be installed on all the town’s gaslights, saving us $150,000 per year in energy payments to PSE & G.  The cost to install one on every gaslight in town would be 1.5 million dollars.  After ten years, it’s all savings!

See patch article for more details –

Springfield Avenue business district improvements

springfield ave.

South Orange and Maplewood need to attract retail and office businesses to hopefully take a bit of the property tax burden of homeowners. Maplewood Township Committee voted to extend parking limits in the Springfield Ave. business district from 1 hour to 2 hours between 8 am and 6 pm.  They also voted to introduce more money that would pay for new bump-outs, curbs, pavements, trees, grates, streetlights, benches and trash receptacles in the area of the Springfield Avenue streetscape improvement project Princeton Street to Tuscan Road).   Daibes Enterprises is interested in developing ground floor retail in the area.  For more details –

Jill Sobule at South Orange backyard concerts

Jill Sobule performs at Backyard Concert hosted by Chris Nadler

Saturday night my friend, Seth Abramson, the artistic director of NYC’s Jazz Standard invited me down to check out an amazing pop singer-song-writer, Jill Sobule at a backyard concert in South Orange.  The show was hosted by Chris Nadler, and also featured the local band, Juicebox.     The backyard was packed.

Jill Sobule’s lyrics immediately draw you in and her voice and music kept me enthralled.  She’s funny, talented and touching – I’m impressed.  My wife, Ramona was tearing up and cheering thru the whole show.  I especially loved her song, ‘Mexican Wrestler.”  Other highlights included “Supermodel”, “Bobby Gentry” and “I Kissed a Girl” which was out in 1995, long before the Katy Perry song.

The opening act, Juicebox had a few clever songs and one in particular about Maplewood that went over big with the crowd.

Chris’s backyard concert series continues with John Wesley Harding in september.  Chris is the Lifestyle Engagement Director at Emmis Communications.

Mortgage Rates

Mortgage Rates

Mortgage rates are crazy low on July 7, 2010
Monthly payments go a long, long way
Need I say more…
Loan Type – Interest Rate – APR
30-Year Fixed 4.375% 4.559%
30-Year Fixed FHA 4.625% 5.364%
15-Year Fixed 3.750% 4.069%
5-Year ARM 3.250% 3.504%
5-Year ARM FHA 3.250% 3.074%


the stage is the other way

Hoping for a Helping of Hippie spirit at Maplewoodstock.  Music is free so see headliners Steve Forbert, Dumpstaphunk (starring Ivan Neville) and Maya Azucena, and other talented musical acts.  Art and food also abound.  July 10 and 11.