south: 10 Tips to Make Moving Day a Memorable and Carefree Day - 09/16/08 01:18 PM
By planning ahead you can avoid some pitfalls that may put a damper on your moving experience. Here are some tips on planning a moving day that will go off without a hitch so you are left with time to enjoy the experience.
Take Care of Your Real Valuables Yourself. If you have things that are truly irreplaceable to you, or are of great personal value, take the necessary additional steps to ensure that these items get to the destination preserving your piece of mind. Anything you would keep in a safe - then keep it safe through a move with … (0 comments)

south: Beat the Housing Market Trends and Buy or Sell a Home - 08/29/08 12:51 PM
Plan/Prepare
The home-selling process typically starts several months before a property is made available for sale. It's necessary to look at a home through the eyes of a prospective buyer and determine what needs to be cleaned, painted, repaired and tossed out.
Ask yourself: If you were buying this home what would you want to see? The goal is to show a home which looks good, maximizes space and attracts as many buyers - and as much demand - as possible.
Get a Pre-listing Inspection
Having your home inspected by a professional home inspector before you list is a recommendation … (0 comments)

south: Surya Yoga Academy - 08/20/08 12:29 PM
Yoga is an ancient practice that can benefit mind, body, and spirit.  For those interested in the physical and stress-relieving benefits of yoga, Surya Yoga Academy in Summit is a great choice.  They aim for an intense and thorough workout in each class.  While their Introduction to Yoga classes take place in normal room temperatures, most of their other classes take place in temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.  This is referred to as "Hot Yoga"-a series of yoga poses done in a heated room. 
Hot yoga is designed to increase stretching abilities while avoiding injury.  Proponents of hot yoga ascribe to … (1 comments)

south: The Messy Artist - 08/14/08 05:31 PM
The Messy Artist, an art studio for kids, focuses on sensory exploration and the process of art. All the art projects we do are open ended in nature, and the children can use the materials in any way they choose. We follow a "hands off" rule and request that adults not to touch their child's artwork and instead create their own projects alongside their children.  The Messy Artist believes this approach encourages  independence and success, and builds self-esteem.
The Messy Artist program was created by Donna Bernstein, an early childhood educator and child development specialist with a Master of Arts degree … (0 comments)

south: The Connection for Women and Families - 08/13/08 01:13 PM
The Connection for Women and Families provides programs and services to women and families of diverse economic circumstances, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, culture, and physical and mental abilities.  The Connection offers a wide range of affordable classes, programs, and events for the personal, professional, and physical development of all who attend.  
In addition to a full fitness center, The Connection offers classes and programs not only for adults, but also for parents and children together, preschoolers, school-aged children, after school care, and those with special needs.  Fall registration start o August 12 at 10:00am and the fall session runs from … (0 comments)

south: Color Me Mine, Paint-Your-Own-Pottery - 08/13/08 01:11 PM
Color Me Mine is a fun and fresh Paint-Your-Own ceramics studio who invites the community to come in and "discover the Art of Having Fun" in their relaxing and inviting studio space that houses warm, natural wood furniture, contemporary music, and a friendly environment.  Finished pottery pieces decorate the studio, inspiring those who come in to do their own works.  Color Me Mine offers over 400 different unfinished ceramic pieces (and adds about 100 styles each year) for those who want to create their own gifts, host a unique party, or just have fun and relieve stress.
Everything is food-safe-their glaze … (0 comments)

south: Tips for Buyers and Owners - 08/07/08 05:06 PM
A first-time buyer working to get a mortgage should always get pre-qualified for a loan and know what they can afford.  It is best to work with a local bank mortgage professional who can walk you through the process and share information about community grants and special, first-time home-buyer programs.   Most importantly, budget for more than your down payment!  Make sure you have enough money for inspections, closing costs, and any other surprises.
For those who may currently be struggling with their mortgages, the most important thing you can do right now is talk to your lender!  Unfortunately, many borrowers in … (0 comments)

south: Is Your Bank Safe? If you Live in New Jersey - Yes! - 08/05/08 01:11 PM
July 2008 will be remembered for a long time in the banking industry as the second-biggest bank failure in history, and many still have images of Californian depositors lined up to get their money out of the failed IndyMac Bank.  However, New Jersey bank veterans are eager to reassure most depositors that they have no reason to worry if they have less than $100,000 in the bank, since they are completely covered by the FDIC.   More importantly, New Jersey banks have a conservative tradition of lending to people they know and businesses they are familiar with, backed by collateral that is real, … (0 comments)

south: New Jersey Transit Train and Bus - 08/01/08 06:56 PM
The New Jersey Transit Train and Bus Transit covers 5,325 square miles and is the nation's third largest provider of bus, rail and light rail transit, linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.  Its mission is to provide safe, reliable, convenient and cost-effective transit service with a skilled team of employees, dedicated to our customers' needs and committed to excellence.
NJ Transit operates 2,027 buses, 711 trains and 45 light rail vehicles on 236 bus routes and 11 rail lines across the state, providing almost 223 million passenger trips each year.  In addition, NJ Transit runs publicly-funded transit … (0 comments)

south: So Many Homes, So Few Buyers - 07/28/08 05:02 PM
Today's market would be perfect for buyers if it were only a bit easier to get a mortgage.  There are more empty homes now than at any other time in U.S. history; according the U.S. Census Bureau, the nation's empty homes rose to a record 18.6 million in the first quarter this year.  This high vacancy rate tends to create price breaks for buyers. 
In addition, adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) have contributed to rising foreclosures by causing unaffordable mortgage payments.   Some people bought more than they could afford with little money down when the market was peaking, and now home prices … (0 comments)

south: Why Buy Now? - 07/23/08 03:40 PM
Why buy a house now?  Reports from the media point the finger at housing and are contributing to paralyzing the nation into recession.  However, financial advisors and buyers alike are beginning to question the indexes where the media gets its data, and whether the news is really accurate. 
Unfortunately, news consumers have not been getting the full story.  Indexes can be misleading because of the locations, prices, types of housing, and rates of increase they track; the Index covers only 20 markets, heavily weighted to the most volatile metros in the nation!  
Currently, mortgage interest rates are three points below historical … (5 comments)

south: South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) - 07/17/08 03:46 PM
On November 3, 2006, the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) opened its doors to the public, forever changing the arts scene in South Orange.
SOPAC originally evolved from Bill Calabrese's idea to bring a movie theater to town.  After many discussions and deep exploration, Calabrese championed a bigger dream instead- to open a full performing arts center!  SOPC now presents elite artists in an intimate theater, features cinema and event space, and has created jobs, offered arts education, and encouraged new partnerships.  SOPAC has become a community gathering point, a regional point of arts pride, and an anchor of the … (0 comments)

south: Summer Concert Series - 07/11/08 06:37 PM
The Baird is happy to present free Summer Outdoor Concerts every Wednesday in July at 7:30 in Meadowland Park in South Orange.  (If it's raining, the alternate location is South Orange Middle School.)  These exceptional concerts often bring known jazz musicians as well as other performers from eclectic genres.  The calendar of concerts will be available soon, so check back frequently at The Baird for more information.
Past Summer Concert performers have included, among others:
 Guy Davis, award winning blues singer with a special tradition of storytelling Bearfoot, an Alaska-based group drawing from bluegrass, old time and contemporary folk traditions. New … (2 comments)

south: Jersey Fresh Farmer's Market - 06/17/08 05:49 PM
South Orange Farmer's Market is a seasonal open-air market featuring farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade crafts and other items, plants and flowers, prepared foods, live music, and more!  Farmers and Vendors will set up booths in the circle outside of SOPAC (next to the South Orange Train Station) to offer the community fabulous Jersey Fresh produce and local music at the Main Street South Orange Farmers' Market in the circle in front of SOPAC (next to the South Orange Train Station) every Wednesday from 2-7 thru October 31.
For more information, visit http://www.mainstreetsouthorange.org.
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