Archive for March, 2015

Matters Magazine features 151 Irving Av., the home of First Lady Frances Cleveland

 

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The home of a first lady is always intriguing. The folks at Matters Magazine thought so also and did a multi-page spread.  It includes a lot more detail about Frances Cleveland (wife of Grover)

here’s the link to Matters Magazine’s feature.

http://digital.turn-page.com/i/477358-home-garden-2015

 

here’s the link tot listing for sale

http://emailrpt.gsmls.com/public/show_public_report_rpt.do?report=clientfull&Id=101058325_501982

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One million dollar grant for South Orange park/river

riverdrawOne million dollars was awarded to improve the ongoing greenway area around the Rahway River in South Orange.   Bike paths and many other improvements will be on the way. The grant is believed to be one of the largest single grants ever received by the Village. Awarded under the NJDOT FY 2014 Transportation Alternatives Program,  the money will fund the construction of approximately 3,600 linear feet of a pedestrian path and bikeway, which will connect the southern border of the Village at Chyzowych Field in Maplewood to Third Street near the South Orange train station in the Village center.

Link to detailed plan below.

http://www.southorange.org/development/RiverMP/RiverMP_2.pdf

Warmth and Music at 106 Roland Av. South Orange

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Public Open House – Sunday, March 29,  1-4pm

106 Roland Ave.
South Orange, NJ

5 Beds and 2 Baths

$509,000

 

Mahogany front porch, HW floors, great flow from LR to DR to Family Room, updated, eat-in Kitchen w/granite/SSAppl, back patio set in verdant garden, sunny Family Room, Mud Room, 3 beds & bath on second floor, 2 beds & storage room on third floor. Finished basement with full bath.

 

For all the details on this Vintage Victorian Beauty, here’s the link

http://emailrpt.gsmls.com/public/show_public_report_rpt.do?report=clientfull&Id=100911481_501982

 

 

Coffee with a Cop

coffeecopCoffee with a Cop is a great idea.  South Orange is doing the right thing by trying to pre-empt any possible issues between the populace and the police.  Dates and details about the Coffee With A Cop Program will be announced after March 24th’s Village Public Safety Commitee Meeting,

http://tapinto.net/towns/south-orange-slash-maplewood/articles/coffee-with-a-cop-program-to-launch-in-south-or

Seton Village Development on Irvington Ave.

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In a public meeting at Temple Beth-El in South Orange, Doug Zacker of the Seton Village Committee (formerly IACAC) and representatives of the town, (CFO Barry Lewis and two members of the BOT, Sheena Collum & Steve Schnall) had the buyers of a property on Irvington Ave. present more details of their proposal.  The buyers were Josh Mann and David Kasdan, two local developers/residents who are hoping to construct a building with rental units and and a small amount of retail space.

As there is a growing buzz about the area after this fall’s Craft Beer and Food Truck festival, interest in a ‘centerpiece building’ on the main corridor is high.  Some of numbers revealed (four stories between 50 and 57 feet and 72 units) were a concern for many of the immediate neighbors.  There were very legitimate questions about parking, storm water runoff, noise and a loss of sunlight for immediately adjacent single family properties.

In my opinion, 3 stories and perhaps about 50-60 units might be a more appropriate fit for the area.  With the right changes and compromises, I hope it could still be economically viable for the developers.  Stay tuned.

 

 

 

Rahway River flooding update

 

DSCN1486Looks like a possible win-win situation in the ‘Dam Saga’. There are a number of smaller steps being taken to remediate flooding of the Rahway River in Millburn, Springfield, Cranford and further downstream.  The ‘Dam’ was defeated and now the The Mayors Council Rahway River Watershed Flood Control is endorsing ‘Rain Gardens’ in addition to other solutions.

There is state money to help with the solution as a result of our NJ Senators Booker & Menendez.

1) There will be more ‘storage’ upstream in the Orange Reservoir to lessen peak storm waters flowing to affected areas.

2) Channel widening and deepening downstream

3) Correcting bridge obstructions

4) Constructing Rain Gardens which divert runoff from buildings from going to the river and instead direct the water to a growing number of public gardens in several towns

For more info and a list of the ‘rain gardens’ see the link below.

http://www.nj.com/suburbannews/index.ssf/2015/03/mayors_council_rahway_river_wa_7.html

Reel Talk – South Orange Special Cinema Series

 

reel-talk-nj-logo-2SOPAC in South Orange will be hosting ‘REEL TALK’ in March, April and May.  Reel Talk will be screening interesting films prior to their commercial release dates.

It’s a subscription screening series of eight original and provocative feature films and a Q&A discussion with a distinguished guest(s) (critic and/or professor and/or talent from the film). Stephen Whitty, the Star Ledger film critic and Chair of the New York Film Critics Circle will be involved. The films are a mix of independent, foreign-language, non-fiction, and mainstream, and all will hopefully be on your radar when ultimately released in theaters.

See links for details!

http://ruffin3179.wix.com/reeltalknj

http://tapinto.net/towns/south-orange-slash-maplewood/articles/part-3-tap-continues-reel-talk-interview-with-wh


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