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Founders’ Park South Orange

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2 ADDING ELECTRIC AND WATER (for park events and water fountains)

3  SIGNAGE – add park name, Founder’s Park to an attractive sign near entrance

4  UPGRADED FENCING

5  PARK CLEAN-UP & PLANTING – (year 2) taking place May 20.

6 PLAY AREA  – Add benches, tables for adults between swings and street and add more swings, slides & fun play structures to entice kids

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7  WALL OF BUILDING NEXT DOOR  – Paint a mural on the wall

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8  GAZEBO AND SHUFFLEBOARD AREA – Eliminate black top and replace with grass or matching cement.  Paint or re-stain Gazebo, Good spot for 2 large permanent flower planters or some landscaping to perk it up.

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9  VIEWS

Improve views  around side perimeters of park.  Add smaller trees and other flora and block out industrial views on either side of park (skip laurel, ground shrubs, etc.).   Have a small dedicated Garden area with a unique layout and flora that might attract people like Cherry Blossoms in Branch Brook Pk.

10  PROMOTIONS & EVENTS

Summer events – BBQ,  Arts, Sculpture, Theatre, Music, Movies, Foodtrucks, Picnics, Bocce and other games…

 

THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Those interested in joining the AHNA and volunteering at its second annual park clean-up and planting day on Saturday morning, May 20. Visit www.academyheights.weebly.com or find the AHNA on Nextdoor.com.

The AHNA was established in 2015 by local residents, David Kraiker and Ken Krasner. Andrew & Catherine Kit, Linda Cappaze, Robert Lasner and others have also contributed significantly to the mission of “preserving the integrity and serenity” and raising the profile of the neighborhood. It numbers more than 200 members. Although young, the AHNA has already made its mark, working closely with the town on projects like the proposed 4th & Valley development  and 320 Valley St. as well as Founders Park.

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New South Orange Jitney route

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

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Unwind in an Updated Beauty in West Orange

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DSCN437645 Sheridan Av.,  West Orange, NJ

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

4 Beds and 2 Baths

$374,000

Unwind in an updated, immaculate beauty, perfectly located near NYC transportation, S. Mtn Reservation & Recreation Ctr. Hardwood (oak) floors, big backyard & beautifully updated Kitchen. Kitchen includes white maple soft close cabinets, granite counters, subway tile backsplash, pantry, tons of natural light & french doors to back deck. Beautiful stone patio, backyard tree swings, cherry tree, forsythia, azalea & more mature landscaping grace the grounds. DR & LR are perfect for entertaining & first floor office can double as a bedroom. Great basement family room with bar, finished laundry area, full bath & bedroom. There are many new windows and plenty of basement and attic storage. Lots of love went into this very well maintained, charming home. MUCH LARGER THAN IT APPEARS!

link for full listing – http://emailrpt.gsmls.com/public/show_public_report_rpt.do?report=clientfull&Id=102944988_501982

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Art Curators treasure trove in South Orange, NJ

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The homeowners at 128 Prospect Place in South Orange, NJ curate, support and sell a treasure trove of contemporary art thru Art For Progress, a charity they run. –

http://www.artforprogress.org

One of many such artists’ works are for sale and prominently featured at their beautiful Victorian home which is also currently for sale.  The artist, Juan Manuel Pajares created the above image, and has a number of other works which combine a street/graffiti vibe with major cultural icons.  Other works feature such icons as John Lennon, Derek Jeter, Mick Jagger, Steve Jobs, Marlon Brando, Angus Young of ACDC…

Stop by the home for this Sunday’s open house (October 5) if you’re interested in seeing a small sampling of this art or in purchasing their home or drop me a line if you can’t make it Sunday.

Here’s a link to my previous post showing their home –

http://www.kenkrasnerhomes.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/128-prospect-pl-south-orange-nj-new-listing/

151 Irving Ave. South Orange, NJ

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This Elegant, Extraordinary & Spacious TUDOR w/BEAUTIFULLY LANDSCAPED GROUNDS, POOL, over 7000 SQ FT of comfort & many rich details awaits its next happy & distinguished owner.

Crown Jewel in Historic Montrose has UPGRADES incl KITCHEN, large/luxurious MASTER BEDROOM SUITE w/fireplace. ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS/AMENITIES incl. beamed ceilings, pocket drs, 8 FIREPLACES, Inglenook, stained glass, built-ins, closets galore,1st flr laundry, wine cellar, Koi pond, grapevine & distinctive entry. FIRST LADY, FRANCES CLEVELAND’S (wife of President, Grover Cleveland) former home. Kit, butler’s pantry, brkfst room, den, formal DR, sumptuous LR, office & powder grace 1st flr. Bdrms, offices, playrms, baths & studio on 2nd & 3rd flrs. Enjoy veranda overlooking Pool, Hot tub & Yard! 20 KW B/U GENERATOR & 3 CAR GARAGE.

click on any of the link below for more info or call 201 600 8141 if you’d like to see it.

http://emailrpt.gsmls.com/public/show_public_report_rpt.do?report=clientfull&Id=97932037_501982

Maplewoodstock 2014

mplwdstkcrowd13 This weekend is Maplewood’s festival of music, art and food.  Grab your beach blanket, chair and enjoy. Norah Jones with Puss n Boots, Robert Randolph and Raul Midon are this year’s headliners. See link for more details. http://maplewoodstock.com

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


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