Posts Tagged 'Orange'

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

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Art Bender! party, marathon, create

bairdThe Baird is pleased to be an ArtBender Creativity Hub!

Enjoy 24 hours of creativity in and around the Oranges

in support of Arts Unbound

Two ArtBender opportunities will be at the Baird on Saturday, May 14 from 12pm to 4pm


1) Come play and paint with Denise Hayden of Funky Fun Art and help her create a fun funky mural that will be displayed at Art in the Park during the South Orange Summer Night series, Wednesday evenings in June and July.

2) Add your career to the Careers of SOMA map that will be created by Ken Krasner and you. Stop by and post your career icon or make your own small one. There will be refreshments! When completed, Ken hopes to have the map displayed at a public spot in town.

These two events will take place in the Baird Craft Room

5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ 07079
Visit ArtBender to learn more and to see the full map of ArtBender creative hubs

 

 

 

 

Hey South Orange, Maplewood, Orange and anyone else with art to start or finish.

Check out this amazing new art marathon taking place for 24 hours on May 14-15. Below are links to the website and a fun promo.  Get involved!

http://www.artbender.org/

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Gardening Season

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Get thee to a local garden center and add a bit of curb appeal.

Here are my go-to spots for plants.

http://thefarmatgreenvillage.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Millstone-Lawn-and-Garden/520461614716290?fref=ts

http://www.orangegardennj.com

http://www.metroplantexchange.com

http://www.williamsnursery.com/home

Mulch is usually pretty inexpensive at Home Depot

Year End Sales figures for nearby towns

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Hat City Streets Festival

Hat City Streets Festival

On Saturday, June 15 from 11am to 9pm come on down to the corner of Forest and Tompkins Streets for the inaugural Hat City Streets Festival.   This free all day extravaganza includes Music, Arts Exhibitions, Family activities, and Food showing the spirit of Orange.

Other festival events will occur at the Firehouse Gallery, Hat City Kitchen, Ironworks, Yema Gallery, Arts Unbound and other spaces in the Valley Arts District.

Enjoy Brazilian reggae, gospel, marching bands, dance ensembles, arts exhibitions by professionals and actual hat-making workshops (Orange had a storied past as Hat City)

http://www.valleyartsnj.com/

http://valleyartsconnect.blogspot.com/2013/05/valleyarts-presents-hat-city-streets.html

 

 

 

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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