Archive for September, 2015

Take Pictures NOW for Early Spring Listings

If  you’re considering listing in the spring,  Let’s take some PHOTOS now.  Winter pics are OK, but having a fully-leafy pic in the collection gives the buyer a greater appreciation of what their investment really looks like.



The Second Annual Food Truck and Craft Beer Fest in South Orange’s Seton Village


2014 was the maiden voyage for this hugely succesful event in South Orange’s Seton Village area.  The second year event will be on October 2, 2015 from 5-10pm.   This year the slate of choices is expanded.

Head to Irvington Avenue (between Ward Place and Tichenor Avenue) for 15 Food Trucks, 2 Stages, 3 Live Bands, and a local NJ craft beer garden sponsored by the Gaslight Brewery,

Village President Sheena Collum added to the intrigue, by releasing the names of the food trucks one at a time to get anticipation up to a fever pitch.


The Taco Truck: Mexican Tacos
Farm Truck Philly: Eclectic Mix of Contemporary American Fare (local)
The Cow and the Curd : Battered Fried Cheese Curd
Oink and Moo BBQ: Barbeque
The Thai Elephant – Thai Food
Original Soup Man: Soup and Lobster Rolls
Cheezen: Gourmet Grilled Cheeses
Empanada Guy: Empanadas
Pizza Vita: Brink Oven Pizza
Romano’s Disco Fries: Fires
The Outsliders: Burger Sliders
Ms. Fu’s Yummy Food Truck, Asian Fusion Comfort Food
Waffle De Lys: Authentic Belgian Waffle with a French Touch with Toppings
Amanda Bananas: Frozen Banana Soft Serve with a Variety of Toppings
Cupcake Carnivale: Cupcakes


Doc’s Draft Ciders: Pumpkin & Apple Cider
Kane Brewing: Head High & Citra Pale Ale
NJ Beer Co: Dry Hopped Weehawkin Wee Heavy
Cricket Hill: Hopnotic & Belgian Dubbel
Flying Fish: Oktoberfish & Hopfish
Carton Brewing: Boat Beer & Red Rye Returning
Little Dog Brewing: Stout & Pale Ale
Angry Erik Brewing : American Limey & Ravol
Forgotten Boardwalk: Smoked Porter & Funnel Cake
Demented Brewing: C-4 IPA & TBA
Highpoint Brewing: Imperial Pilsner
River Horse Brewing: IPA & Special Ale
Gaslight Brewery & Restaurant: Mosaic ESB, Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Ale, Oktoberfest, Kolsch & Pirate Pale Ale

Developments along Valley St., South Orange



There are more developments planned on Valley all the way down to Roland. The newest proposed project at 320 Valley calls for 22 units with one retail spot available.   Proposal sketch above and current photo far above. All this on a plot that currently only has ONE two-family home – the blue home pictured above.

There are many trees and shrubs (pictured) which give the area respite from the bustle of Valley St.  It would appear that the developers will build all the way down to Valley St. for the retail spot which would eliminate the greenery.  Ora Manor is immediately to the south (not pictured) and extends to the street., so current zoning shows that the proposal is ‘conforming’, but just because it’s conforming doesn’t mean 22 units are good for the residents of the area.  There are still vacancies in retail on South Orange Ave. and Valley and I believe that an organic style of retail/restaurant resurgence that residents crave will occur where rents are (were) low (Walnut St., Montclair) not where developers will be charging high rents which will most likely only attract boring chain, franchise type retail instead of more appealing, original or mom & pop style shops.

This development will probably be discussed in much more detail at the next planning board meeting in October.  Perhaps the developers can scale down the project to 12 units and leave some of the greenery there.

David Kraiker of Nextdoor Academy Heights made me aware of this particular development and is involved in many Academy Heights area issues.  If you live between Prospect and Valley and between South Orange Ave and Parker, join Academy Heights on

Newstead 5k race

PrintThe Newstead 5k race is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 9am at the South Mountain School Annex, 112 Glenview Ave., South Orange..

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New South Orange Jitney route

There’s a new South Orange jitney route for a few underserved areas!!