Posts Tagged 'montclair'

Loving the scenery & greenery

If you need a Spring, Summer or Fall fix of gardens, lush landscaping and two beautiful homes, there are two spots in Essex County that are definitely worth a stroll or two.

Greenwood Garden in Short Hills, NJ  Greenwood Gardens link

Greenwood pergola autumn10 18 2012 (2) photo Ken Druse

 

and Van Vleck in Montclair, NJ  Van Vleck link

van_vleck_new_jersey_original

Advertisements

NJ Transit Map

 

NJ Commuting routes

njtransit

Eats – NJ Monthly Top 25 Restaurants

njmonthly
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)

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.

essexxcotax

link to more info on NJ tax burdens

Bathroom Tile Art in Montclair

noahkart

HGTV fans (and anyone else too) Come to the Montclair Art Museum to see how Noah Klersfeld transforms mundane bathroom floor tiles into spectacles of lights, patterns, rhythms, and colors. Videos are played on monitors and synchronized.  On exhibit from From February to May.

There are so many other interesting exhibits at the museum too!

https://www.montclairartmuseum.org/exhibition/new-directions-noah-klersfeld

 

 

 

Montclair Jazz Fest

paquito

cmcbride

Looking forward to seeing Paquito, Christian McBride and many others at the Montclair Jazz Festival.  For more details click the link. http://www.montclairjazzfestival.org/

Montclair Food and Wine Festival

montclairfood-Collage18

I’m looking forward to the Montclair Food and Wine Festival.  It takes place over multiple days (June 8-13) and there are several big events featuring the area’s talent of and of course it’s actual cuisine.  Music and Mirth!

1) Gala Dinner at the Manor (in West Orange)

2) Bourbon and Biergarten at Montclair Museum

3) Grand Tasting at the Montclair Museum

4) Kitchen Book Party and Signing

more details in the link below

http://montclairfoodandwinefestival.org/home/


Categories