Posts Tagged 'west orange'

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

 

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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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

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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West Orange Pre-School Fair

PreschoolWest Orange Pre-School Fair on 1/21 at 6:30-8 pm at the West Orange Public Library, 46 Mt. Pleasant Avenue. Come learn about preschool and day-care options in our town! Free and open to the public! We will have multiple preschools and day-cares there to speak with you about different options. For more information call Playhouse Preschool @ 973-736-9451

Historic Holiday House tour of Essex County

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There will be 16 historic buildings open to the public on December 5th and 6th.  Amazing buildings include Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, the Glenmont (Edison) in West Orange and Kip’s Castle in Verona.  For the full schedule check out the link.

http://villagegreennj.com/calendar-events/essex-county-hosts-historic-holiday-house-tour-dec-5-6/

 

 

 

 


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