Published August 22, 2016
Real Estate , Uncategorized
Tags: Absorption rate, active inventory, chatham, essex fells, florham park, livingston, Madison, maplewood, millburn, short hills, south orange, springfield, summit, under contract, union, west orange
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.
Published August 8, 2016
Eats , Food , NJ , restaurants , Uncategorized
Tags: chatham, Chez Catherine, Common Lot, Cucharamama's, Fascino, Hoboken, Jersey city, Laurel & Sage, Lorena's, maplewood, Maritime Parc, millburn, montclair, morriston, nj, Serenade, Verjus, Westfield
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.
Montclair (Laurel & Sage)
Millburn (Common Lot)
Westfield (Chez Catherine)
Jersey City (Maritime Parc)
Morristown (Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen)
Published June 3, 2016
art , Ken Krasner , pop-up store , South Orange , Uncategorized
Tags: africa, art, english language, essex county, events, france, maplewood, medievally incorrect, native americans, native americans in north jersey, native americans in the US, south orange, Sultan of Sanctuary, twelve tribes
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.
link to more details
Published May 28, 2016
art , South Orange , susan napack , Uncategorized
Tags: art, artist, Earthworks, essex county, events, Figurines, john waters, maplewood, Michael Stipe, nj, Patti Smith, Picasso, Real Estate, SOMA studio artist tour, south orange, Sultan of Sanctuary, William Kentridge
Susan Napack is one of South Orange’s most esteemed and talented artists. Head over to her backyard studio of riches at the annual SOMA Artist Studio Tour on June 5, from 11am to 5pm. More details are in the two links and please find a fun Q&A below.
Studiotoursoma link Susan’s website
- Ken: How did you get into art?
- Susan: I knew by Kindergarten as kids kept saying, “Can you draw one of those for me ?”
- Ken: Picasso had a ‘Blue period,’ what phase of your career are we in now?
- Susan: ‘Figurine period’
- Ken: Who’s your favorite artist?
- Susan: William Kentridge
- Ken: Invite 3 celebrities to your dinner party
- Susan: Patti Smith, Michael Stipe (they’d get along great) and John Waters (all around fun guy)
- Ken: Where are you originally from?
- Susan: Westfield, NJ
- Ken: Where on earth would you like to go that you haven’t traveled to yet?
- Susan: Earthworks in Scotland (Celtic Inspired land art – earthworks link )
- Ken: If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you have become?
- Susan: A Chef
Published April 12, 2016
Columbia High School , music , Uncategorized
Tags: American String Quartet, chamber music, Columbia HS, Lark String Quartet, maplewood, music, south orange, string quartet
String Quartets come to Columbia High School in April and May Chamber Music Series!
Published March 20, 2016
Essex County , taxes , Uncategorized
Tags: essex county, glen ridge, Irvington, livingston, maplewood, millburn, montclair, Orange, schools, south orange, west orange
ESSEX COUNTY TAX CHART
Below is a chart of the average tax load paid by several county towns and the percentage of that tax that goes to the municipality’s school system.
The percentage of the state budget spent on education has grown from about 33 percent to about 38 percent during Gov. Chris Christie’s term.
The Governor’s property tax cap may have helped reduce the annual increase in New Jersey’s property taxes, but unfortunately taxes are still rising faster than the rate of inflation.
The link at bottom shows more Essex county towns and gives a bit more background.