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Solar Roof Tiles

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I’m really impressed by Elon Musk’s new solar roof shingles.  With a new aesthetic, I hope that individual solar will now accelerate more quickly into residential communities.  Can’t wait to see solar’s upgrade in  NJ.

There have been a number of solar shingle products introduced to the market: Atlantis, AstroPower, UniSolar, BP Solar, PowerLight, Dow, Suntegra and CertainTeed.  Currently, only CertainTeed, Suntegra and Atlantis roof shingles are still available, perhaps because historically high component and installation costs.  Hoping Musk can bring the price down and the marketing up to a level that makes this an attractive alternative to old style roof solar panel systems.

Bottom article delves into pricing.

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link to article on prices

 

Van Romaine, Drums, Happiness

 

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Among New Jersey’s legendary drummers, there’s Bernard Purdie, Mighty Max Weinberg, Tico Torres and a few others, but one of the state’s current top talents has got to be Van Romaine. He’s been on a roll since making a name for himself with Blood, Sweat and Tears back in 1989.  He currently plays for Enrique Iglesias, Nena (99luftballoons), Steve Morse Band and many other acts.  Van has also played shows or recorded with acts like Joan Osborne, Dixie Dregs, Kansas, Bernie Worrell, Naughty by Nature and Billy Joel (subbing once for Liberty) among others.

Below is a bit of Q&A with Van and farther below is a link to his website, performances and a recent Modern Drummer interview.

1) how and when did you decide you were a drummer?
My father was a huge music and big band fan.  I watched the marching band practice on my street in Glen Ridge, NJ which had a lot to do with it. At age 6 Drums and music chose me which is the way I still see it.
2) do you ever get homesick on the road and if so what’s the best remedy?
Depends on how long, where, and the conditions of the tour I’m on. When I started touring in my early 20’s I only got home sick when it was for a long period of time. Now I get home sick instantly because I miss my kids who are 11 and 16, but it helps me to spend time doing things I don’t get to do much at home like sports, exercise and some sight seeing when I have the time. In the end the music is the real pay off for me so if I’m playing a lot with less down time that also helps. 
3) what’s your favorite country/city to visit?
Melbourne, Amsterdam, Capetown, London, Malta and Berlin are in my top ten.
4) who is your favorite musician/band?
 I’m a huge fan of so many – Miles Davis would top that list though.
5)  were either of your parents or siblings musicians and if so did they influence you?
neither professionally but both of them are and were incredibly musical. 
6) if you had a dinner party and could invite anyone (living) who would it be.
Obama, Neil Young, “Keef” Richards, Sting, Peter Gabriel
7) name a place you still haven’t visited that you’d like to
Brazil and China
8) if you couldn’t be a musician what would you have become?
a lawyer
9) where did you grow up?
I haven’t yet…..but was born and raised in Glen Ridge, NJ

link to modern drummer interview

link to Van’s website

99 Luftballoons live

other youtube performances

 

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New in West Orange

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From the Edison battery factory and new high-end stores opening up on Main Street to Essex Green Shopping Center additions such as LA Fitness and a new Cambria Suites hotel opening soon behind the Courtyard Marriot, it appears that the town’s commercial areas are beginning to perk up.

Also opening this past year is the City Workshop Men’s Supply Company on Main St, and a new high-end bakery and chocolatier will soon be opening on Main Street along with the Diamond Cuts Salon & Spa on Prospect Avenue.  A new diner will be moving in where the old Eagle Rock Diner used to be.

This growth in business interest in West Orange is helping to strengthen the township’s residential real estate market. “Destination downtowns drive housing values in towns,” Mayor Parisi said. “As our downtown improves, every owner of real estate in West Orange will have more equity.”

The greater demand for West Orange residential real estate is reflected by the fact that a much higher percentage of homes under contract in the last year ended up closing, as opposed to the prior 12-month periods.

Average DOM (days on market) are down from approximately 120 days (5 years ago) to 72 days.  Many are also going over list.

Average home values are also up across all neighborhoods, especially in the Gregory section which has an easy shuttle to the South Orange and Orange train stations and is attractive for people priced out of South Orange and Maplewood or just looking for more for their mone

The West Orange Downtown Alliance is also playing a part by assisting owners with the permit process, and provides grants to help them get their facade in place.

 

link to w.o. downtown alliance

 

NJ Transit Map

 

NJ Commuting routes

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Real Estate conditions in local area

 

The Market in our area looks pretty strong.  Absorption rate is how many months it would take for the entire inventory of that town to sell given current conditions.  Inventory levels remain low and buyers are very active.

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Eats – NJ Monthly Top 25 Restaurants

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NJ Monthly publishes a top twenty-five restaurants in the state and ten are within a 30 minute drive of SOMA.
Here are the top food destinations.  I’ve been to four of them, I’ve got some eating to do.
Maplewood (Lorena’s)
Maplewood (Verjus)
Montclair (Fascino)
Montclair (Laurel & Sage)
Millburn (Common Lot)
Westfield (Chez Catherine)
Hoboken (Cucharamama’s)
Jersey City (Maritime Parc)
Chatham (Serenade)
Morristown (Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen)

Colorful Maps at Pop Up Shop this Thursday – Sunday, Dec 15-18

Hand Drawn Maps at the Pop N Shop at 55 South Orange Av from Thurs, December 15 – Sun, December 18, from 12-8pm.

Below is a small sampling of what’s available for sale.

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