By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, February 18, 2010, 10:22 AM EST
Two Assembly Democratic bills to help laid-off police and firefighters are advancing toward law.
The bills are sponsored by Assembly members Ralph Caputo (D-Essex), Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen), Cleopatra Tucker (D-Essex) and Albert Coutinho (D-Essex).
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, February 18, 2010, 10:16 AM EST
When the time comes to price your home for sale, you may be tempted to start with the price you paid for it, add a healthy markup and call it a day. Unfortunately, that strategy is unlikely to result in a true reflection of your home's market value.
Here are six strategies to help you figure out how much your home is worth:
1. Abandon your personal point of view. How much will a ready, willing and able buyer be willing to pay for your home? Buyers DON'T care how much you paid for the home, how many memorable moments you and your family shared in the home, how much cash you need for the downpayment on your next home or how much time and money you've invested in your home's hardwood floors, fresh paint, lush landscaping or other improvements.
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, February 18, 2010, 10:12 AM EST
Local Community Invited To Share Its Love For Santa Monica Online
Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) announced today that on Feb. 14, 2010, a dedicated Santa Monica blog titled SantaMonica.com/love, will launch, delivering an online forum for local Santa Monica residents and businesses to share fun, historic, memorable and personally enriching stories highlighting local experiences, attractions, events, personalities, and other topics the community celebrates.
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, February 18, 2010, 10:09 AM EST
20 Contracts Signed in Last 60 Days
The Peninsula at City Place, Edgewater's premier waterfront residential development, has experienced a surge in sales over the past 60 days with 20 signed contracts. The Marketing Directors, Peninsula's exclusive sales and marketing team, has credited this success to Peninsula's attractive pricing and the extension of the federal tax credit.
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, February 18, 2010, 10:03 AM EST
Bill Would Prohibit State Board of Education from Limiting Number of Professional Education Credits that can be Transferred from Two- to Four-Year Colleges
Legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Pamela R. Lampitt and Connie Wagner to ease State Board of Education restrictions on education majors seeking to matriculate from a two-year to four-year college was released Monday by the Assembly Higher Education Committee.
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, February 18, 2010, 10:01 AM EST
Bergen Community College Foundation Hosts Annual Event March 5, 7 p.m. at Stony Hill Inn
At the Bergen Community College Foundation’s second annual Monte Carlo Night, members of the community can support student scholarships with a roll of the dice.
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, February 18, 2010, 09:58 AM EST
The Knights of Columbus of Washington Township, Mother Seton Council #5427, is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance on Saturday, March 13, from 7 to 11 p.m. at its hall located at 79 Pascack Road. Dinner is the traditional corned beef and cabbage with all the trimmings, including dessert and coffee, and there will be an open bar for the entire evening.
By Sharon Mosley Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 08:01 AM EST
Sometimes we all need a little dose of creative thinking, especially when it comes to fashion and figuring out exactly what the next BIG thing is going to be — not that any of us would admit to being fashion victims, heedlessly following whatever edicts are issued by the runways of the world's style capitals. However, most of us can't help but wonder just what is going to be the next HOT color ... after all, we might just want to buy something new to make us feel a little bit better about the world we live in — at least the world inside our closets.
By Mel Fabrikant Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 01:19 PM EST
By Shawn Dell Joyce Monday, February 15, 2010, 08:21 AM EST
At some point today, you will probably be faced with the choice to use a disposable cup or not. Here are some factors to consider about how disposable that cup really is.
If we were to look at how much energy it takes to produce cups made from paper, polystyrene and ceramic, most people would automatically think the ceramic cup is the greenest choice.
By Mel Fabrikant Sunday, February 14, 2010, 03:57 PM EST
By Paramus Post Saturday, February 13, 2010, 08:42 AM EST
Basking Ridge and Egg Harbor Township students earn $1,000 awards, engraved medallions and trip to nation’s capital
Honors also bestowed on youth volunteers in Hackensack, Red Bank, West Windsor, Plainsboro, Middletown, and Belford
TRENTON, N.J. – Shannon McNamara, 16, of Basking Ridge and Francesca Lanfranchi, 13, of Egg Harbor Township today were named New Jersey's top two youth volunteers for 2010 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.
By Anonymous Saturday, February 13, 2010, 05:12 AM EST
Starved for business in a weak economy, America's fast-food restaurants are wooing customers with bargain burgers, tacos, fries, pies and other goodies. For consumers, this "value menu" showdown can be confusing. Which is best — say, Burger King's Double Cheeseburger, Wendy's Double Stack or McDonald's McDouble?
Seeking enlightenment and a cheap lunch, we visited eight fast-food chains and ordered every item priced at $1 or less. Soon we had a full notebook, an overfull stomach and ... a fistful of dollar menus.
By Rose Bennett Gilbert Thursday, February 11, 2010, 08:06 PM EST
Q: Our long, narrow living room has windows on both sides with a fireplace on the end wall. I'm having trouble arranging the furniture. I don't want it to look like a bus station with all the seats lined up, marching down the sides. In another column, you gave some suggestions on arranging furniture when there's a wall to back it up. What about my problem?
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, February 11, 2010, 04:29 PM EST
George F. Sincox
Housing Alliance of Morris County Confers Honor On Westfield Architect
George F. Sincox of Westfield, N.J., AIA, principal of Sincox Associates Architects/Planners of Westfield, was recently honored as a "hero of affordable housing" by the Housing Alliance of Morris County, a collaboration of housing advocates working with the United Way of Morris County. Sincox, the secretary of AIA-NJ's Central Jersey section and the Central Jersey trustee on the state AIA board, was one of eight community members and local organizations to be honored with a 2009 Heroes of Affordable Housing Award, which recognizes individuals and groups working to develop or advocate for affordable housing.
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, February 11, 2010, 04:19 PM EST
The 2010 LIGHTFAIR® International (LFI) educational program—a lineup of robust institute courses and conference seminars—adds more fresh content with the launch of the Design Symposia. Making its debut at the May 2010 Las Vegas LFI trade show and conference, the initiative presents four 90-minute symposia designed to further inspire and educate lighting professionals from around the world.
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 03:48 PM EST
Once again the Mayor and Council meeting resembled POLITICAL POSTURING
The Republican majority answered claims defending their position on the importance of spending up to $200,000.00 for a Paramus Borough Administrator. Of course the Democrats started off on the other side lead by Councilman Rich Conte.
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 01:57 PM EST
A three-bill package sponsored by five Assembly Democratic lawmakers to make it easier for consumers and businesses to pay utility bills and to help businesses save on energy costs was released Monday by an Assembly committee.
The three bills are sponsored by Assembly members Upendra Chivukula, Dr. Joan M. Voss, Ruben J. Ramos Jr., Gordon Johnson and Albert Coutinho.
By Paramus Post Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 08:42 AM EST
The Garden Club of New Jersey proudly invites you to attend "The Finest View", a Standard Flower Show, February 18 through February 21, 2010 at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison, NJ. The show opens Thursday, February 18 at 1:00 PM and remains open until 9:00 PM. On February 19 through February 21 the show will be open from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 03:28 AM EST
Teaneck Retirees Walk Their Way to Fitness, Outside and In, as They Exercise and Socialize
For a hearty troupe of residents at Heritage Pointe of Teaneck, living next door to the Teaneck Creek Conservancy is a major bonus of the lifestyle at this elegant full-service rental retirement community. The group comprises avid walkers who are continuing what they've always done to stay fit, in beautiful surroundings that include 46 acres of woodlands, in Teaneck, N.J., right outside Heritage Pointe’s door.