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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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Essex County Property Tax Comparisons

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.

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link to more info on NJ tax burdens

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/

Leaf Removal schedules in a few Essex & Union county towns

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You may have already raked or blown your leaves, but mysteriously they just keep piling up anyway.

The green and less expensive thing to do is actually to use a mower to shred them and leave them on the lawn  as fertilizer.  You don’t need to mow in your garden, just leave them there as extra insulation for the  plant roots that need a bit of protection from the snow.

But if you just want them gone, here is a list and links to more detail about leaf removal schedules in a few Essex & Union Co. towns.

South Orange

all streets by December 6,  unfortunately the town map is so tiny, it’s hard to tell which streets are prior to the sixth

Spring Market Heats Up

Please look at what’s going on in New Jersey’s bedroom communities 🙂   Homes going under contract in the month of March for South Orange have doubled from 2011 to 2013.  The vast majority of the other towns listed below have also shown significant gains.

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More confidence in the economy, low prices and low interest rates have finally pushed buyers back into the market.  A lack of inventory is making for bidding wars on the best homes and shorter selling times for other homes.  Its April and if you’re thinking of selling, now’s a great time to do so.

My 2012 sales

Here are pictures of the Essex and Union County homes I guided to closing in 2012.  There were also rentals and referrals which were not included in the gallery below.

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July Real Estate Market Conditions

The local real estate market continues the turnaround begun early in the year.  Here is the July update on Real Estate Absorption rates in the area.  The absorption rate number is how many months it would take for the current inventory of listings to sell given the current monthly rate of homes going under contract.

As buying has been brisk this spring and early summer, inventory has remained stable.  Its possible the rates will drop even further as less new listings hit the market in the fall and the remaining inventory continues to be sold.


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