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A tale of two parklets

 

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Millburn will receive a Complete Streets Excellence award at Rutgers on October 24 for the changes made in Downtown Millburn,   The $8.2 million Complete Streets program was developed with traffic calming & improvements that include road-diets, curb bump-outs, bicycle parking, widened sidewalks and corners, high-visibility crosswalks, pedestrian lighting, signage and more.

According to town officials, positive changes have resulted. Speeds have decreased in the reconfigured areas of Millburn Avenue (average motorist now travels at 29 mph). Compared to the three years preceding construction, the Main Street intersections of both Millburn Ave. & Essex St. have experienced a 23% decrease in motor vehicle and pedestrian accidents.

A new app called mPay2Park makes paying for parking simpler allowing for mobile payments with no transaction fees. Zone C along Millburn Avenue now offers free 15 minute parking at the pay stations for those that just want to run a quick errand.  However, some residents have expressed concern about traffic during peak hours.

The parklet in downtown South Orange is also getting recognition. SO Environmental Commission receiving ANJEC award.  The scope and the budget of the project was a fraction of Millburn’s

Its the work of the S.O. Environmental Commission, Neil Chambers of Chambers Design, South Orange Village Center Alliance’s Bob Zuckerman, Matt Glass, Steve Pedigo, town trustee Walter Clarke, Village President Sheena Collum, South Orange Parking Authority, Essex County and donations from Tito’s Burritos, Yoni Kreger, Eventage and others.

According to Sheena, “A parklet is an emerging trend in public space design that encourages towns and cities to rethink auto-oriented concrete spaces into public, passerby-friendly ‘hotspots.’ So yeah, we gave up a couple parking spots temporarily from carbon producing automobiles (we’re promoting more sustainability in this town, remember? #ParisAgreement) and instead, created a new mini destination for all our residents, businesses and guests to use. This is called ‘tactical urbanism’ – and is very popular in the planning field.”

 

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Bhakti Barn opens second Yoga Studio in Glen Ridge, NJ

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Have you heard? Betsy Davis and Christine Gatti are rocking the yoga world.  Their successful yoga center in Millburn, NJ has hatched a new space in Glen Ridge, NJ on Herman St. Stop in at Baby Bhakti Barn to tune in and tune up your mind, body and spirit. Owner, Betsy Davis, a superb yoga teacher, provides a safe, nurturing environment for students of all levels to experience and explore yoga. Opening day Sunday, Aug 16.

http://www.bhaktibarn.com/

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

Dam in the South Mountain Reservation (update)

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It would appear that the option of building an enormous (880 foot long, 70 foot high) dam in the Rahway River Watershed in the South Mountain Reservation is now ‘off the table.’   The Council of Mayors voted unanimously to concentrate on other options in an effort to lessen flooding farther down the waterway in Cranford.

Many people upstream are thankful, as are the grassroots group, Save Our Reservation chaired by former Maplewood Mayor Fred Profeta.  His group and the Council of Mayors advocated in favor of alternate solutions.  The alternate solutions include:

1)  adding extra capacity in an upstream body of water, the Orange Reservoir by dredging and creating two new outlets to release storm water.

2)  improving/dredging channels downstream in Kenilworth and Cranford and directly raising some homes in the floodzone in order to mitigate damage in Cranford.

The very expensive Army Corp of Engineers dam proposal would have flooded big sections of the reservation. Brookside drive which runs thru the reservation would have had to have been re-routed above the dam and the flood zone.  See the facebook page to see how much land would have been affected and also a link to NJ.com for more info.

https://www.facebook.com/#!/SaveOurReservation/photos/a.488166641290006.1073741827.488153374624666/505868879519782/?type=1&theater

http://www.northjersey.com/news/mayors-say-no-to-reservation-dam-1.1007116

Sold & Rented 2013

HOMES SOLD IN 2013

  • 108 Roland – SOUTH ORANGE
  • 26 Hilltop – BERKELEY HEIGHTS
  • 29 Riggs – SOUTH ORANGE
  • 23 Arcularius – MAPLEWOOD
  • 21 Warren – MAPLEWOOD
  • 98 Harvard – MAPLEWOOD
  • 204 Lexington – MAPLEWOOD
  • 370 Vose – SOUTH ORANGE
  • 7 Highland – WEST ORANGE
  • 120 Roland – SOUTH ORANGE
  • 27 Burr – MAPLEWOOD
  • 833 Valley – UNION
  • 30 New England – MAPLEWOOD

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UNDER CONTRACT

  • 67 Oakland – MAPLEWOOD

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HOMES RENTED IN 2013

  • West End Rd, SOUTH ORANGE
  • Hughes St., MAPLEWOOD
  • Upper Mtn. Ave., MONTCLAIR
  • Springfield Ave., MAPLEWOOD
  • Tuxedo Pkwy, NEWARK
  • Myrtle, MILLBURN

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South Mountain Reservation opens paddle boating, picnic pavilion

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The reservoir in South Mountain Reservation always seemed a bit un-reachable, which was both good and bad.  In an attempt to make it more accessible, yet still a part of the area’s unspoiled nature, the county has opened a brand new paddle boating and picnic pavilion on Cherry Lane between South Orange Avenue and Northfield Avenue in West Orange.  It’s open til 8pm and you can rent a 2-seater for $14 or a 4-seater for $18.

Other developments or existing features within the “South Mountain Recreation Complex” include:

  1. Turtle Back Zoo
  2. miniGOLF Safari
  3. Boathouse Restaurant
  4. Codey Arena
  5. revamped Treetop Adventure Course nearby
  6. dog park
  7. wildflower garden
  8. Hemlock waterfall
  9. acres of picknicking and meadows
  10. hiking trails
  11. scenic views of NYC and NJ
  12. rahway brook
  13. Washington’s rock (historic)
  14. much more…

Much of the credit for the paddleboats goes to Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo.  More details below.

http://westorange.patch.com/groups/summer/p/officials-cut-the-ribbon-opening-new-picnic-area-paddle-boating

Earth Day in Maplewood and Millburn

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Earth Week is coming up in Maplewood.  There is so much to get involved with so prepare to get your hands dirty.

Tree Planting in Memorial Park, Flower Planting in Downtown Maplewood, South Mountain Reservation planting/cleanup

Home Conservation information in DeHart Center, Composting, Food Industry film discussion, Green Drinks to network.

http://www.maplewoodisgreen.org/earth-week

There’s also much to do in Millburn

at Taylor Park, South Mountain Reservation, Rahway River areas, train station, and general town cleanup

Bhakti Barn Yoga is planning a big cleanup effort

http://www.northjersey.com/community/events/198017211_Clean_Up_Millburn_in_April.html


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