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Monday, February 8, 2016

SOMAPY offers "Learn How to Ski Lessons"




Mark Slade
Keller Williams
917.797.5059
Good Homes



Selling a Maplewood/South Orange/Millburn/Short Hills area home involves many steps and having an experienced Maplewood New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor®, specializing in the Bedroom Communities of New York City in Essex/Union County— Millburn, Short Hills, Montclair, West Orange, South Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Springfield, Summit, Madison, Chatham, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Westfield--by your side will make the transaction run a lot smoother. I would love to be your Maplewood/South Orange New Jersey Area Real Estate Professional! I assist both buyers and sellers in the Bedroom Communities of New York City, mostly served by NJ Transit’s Mid-Town Direct Train Lines, offering commutes of 45minute or less to NY Penn Station, with either the purchase and or sale of residential real estate.


As an Accredited Buyer’s Agent (ABR), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying process. From start to finish, I listen to your needs and desires in what you would like and take the information you give me to find you home. My GO-TO team can provide you the best in Real Estate advice with regard to attorney choices, Home Inspectors and Mortgage Loan Officers


As your Maplewood/South Orange/Millburn/Short Hills/Essex/Union County New Jersey listing agent I am well versed on as your local expert in all things in the Maplewood and South Orange area Real Estate Market. You can expect personalized service that includes a detailed consultation on how to best position your Mid-Town Direct home to be competitive in today’s market with training to provide my clients with an in-depth Advanced Comparative Market analysis, and advice on staging. As my office’s technology officer as well as both a Zillow Platinum Premier and Trulia Premier agent, I use the latest and most up-to-date marketing methods to get your home in front of as many buyers as possible. Being your New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor ® not only involves just finding the home or selling the home, but being your guide, negotiator, advisor and advocate and making sure that your needs and goals are met. Being your New Jersey Essex/Union County area Realtor® (with a little bit of Morris County thrown in for good measure) is one of my truest passions, and “Helping You Find Your Dream Home” is my number one priority.


Mark Slade


Friday, February 5, 2016

Maplewood's Gallery 103 Upcoming Events

Here are the upcoming art and music exhibitions happening at Gallery 103:



Fine Art Oil Paintings by Berc

Meet the artist at the Closing Reception, Thursday Feb 11, 7-9pm


Acoustic Guitar Showcase
Jay Rosenblatt Guitars
Saturday February 20th, 7-10pm
One evening only


Tuscany in Collage
The Art of Cat Delett and Chrissy McIntyre
Meet the artists at the Opening Reception Thursday March 3, 7-9pm



Mark Slade
Keller Williams
917.797.5059
Good Homes



Selling a Maplewood/South Orange/Millburn/Short Hills area home involves many steps and having an experienced Maplewood New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor®, specializing in the Bedroom Communities of New York City in Essex/Union County— Millburn, Short Hills, Montclair, West Orange, South Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Springfield, Summit, Madison, Chatham, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Westfield--by your side will make the transaction run a lot smoother. I would love to be your Maplewood/South Orange New Jersey Area Real Estate Professional! I assist both buyers and sellers in the Bedroom Communities of New York City, mostly served by NJ Transit’s Mid-Town Direct Train Lines, offering commutes of 45minute or less to NY Penn Station, with either the purchase and or sale of residential real estate.


As an Accredited Buyer’s Agent (ABR), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying process. From start to finish, I listen to your needs and desires in what you would like and take the information you give me to find you home. My GO-TO team can provide you the best in Real Estate advice with regard to attorney choices, Home Inspectors and Mortgage Loan Officers


As your Maplewood/South Orange/Millburn/Short Hills/Essex/Union County New Jersey listing agent I am well versed on as your local expert in all things in the Maplewood and South Orange area Real Estate Market. You can expect personalized service that includes a detailed consultation on how to best position your Mid-Town Direct home to be competitive in today’s market with training to provide my clients with an in-depth Advanced Comparative Market analysis, and advice on staging. As my office’s technology officer as well as both a Zillow Platinum Premier and Trulia Premier agent, I use the latest and most up-to-date marketing methods to get your home in front of as many buyers as possible. Being your New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor ® not only involves just finding the home or selling the home, but being your guide, negotiator, advisor and advocate and making sure that your needs and goals are met. Being your New Jersey Essex/Union County area Realtor® (with a little bit of Morris County thrown in for good measure) is one of my truest passions, and “Helping You Find Your Dream Home” is my number one priority.


Mark Slade

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

College Hill, Maplewood: From Farm to Table, I Mean Suburb (Learn About It's History )

From Farm to Suburb: The Birth of College Hill
February 21, 2016, 1:00 - 4:00 PM


Photo by Cindy Price, click here to see more of her amazing Maplewood images

College Hill is one of Maplewood’s most clearly identifiable neighborhoods due to its roster of collegiate street names: Amherst, Bowdoin, Colgate, Harvard, Oberlin, Rutgers, Wellesley and Yale. (Cornell was in the plans, but later dropped.) However, the use of the moniker “College Hill” only dates back to the 1990’s when a group of neighbors formed the College Hill Association. This section of town, as many in Maplewood, began originally as a farm, in this case a dairy farm worked for three generations by the Courter family. In the late 19th century, as American society began to change and many sought to leave crowded, industrialized cities for the country, developers began to buy and divide up land in places like Maplewood with easy access to roads and railroads. In 1898 the Trimpi brothers, two successful business men in Newark and New York, purchased much of the Courter acerage and began to transform it into the suburban Trimpi tract, which they named Valley View. The first seven houses, designed by architect W. Frank Bower in the Queen Anne and Four Square styles, were scattered throughout the development. Over subsequent decades, other individuals and developers bought lots and built houses in popular early and mid-20th c styles and knit together the neighborhood we know today.

This exhibit will chronicle the history of the Courters, the Trimpi’s and others, and examine the evolution of this section of town from agricultural to suburban.

As a College Hill resident and Realtor, it's amazing to learn about the history of the area. Today, homes in College Hill sell from $400's up to $700k and generally offer 3 to 4 beds and average 1.6 baths. Looking for a College Hill home? There are currently 2 on the market, click here to see them. Want to know how much your College Hill home is worth? Let us know by calling 917-797-5059.



Mark Slade
Keller Williams
917.797.5059
Good Homes



Selling a Maplewood/South Orange/Millburn/Short Hills area home involves many steps and having an experienced Maplewood New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor®, specializing in the Bedroom Communities of New York City in Essex/Union County— Millburn, Short Hills, Montclair, West Orange, South Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Springfield, Summit, Madison, Chatham, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Westfield--by your side will make the transaction run a lot smoother. I would love to be your Maplewood/South Orange New Jersey Area Real Estate Professional! I assist both buyers and sellers in the Bedroom Communities of New York City, mostly served by NJ Transit’s Mid-Town Direct Train Lines, offering commutes of 45minute or less to NY Penn Station, with either the purchase and or sale of residential real estate.


As an Accredited Buyer’s Agent (ABR), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying process. From start to finish, I listen to your needs and desires in what you would like and take the information you give me to find you home. My GO-TO team can provide you the best in Real Estate advice with regard to attorney choices, Home Inspectors and Mortgage Loan Officers


As your Maplewood/South Orange/Millburn/Short Hills/Essex/Union County New Jersey listing agent I am well versed on as your local expert in all things in the Maplewood and South Orange area Real Estate Market. You can expect personalized service that includes a detailed consultation on how to best position your Mid-Town Direct home to be competitive in today’s market with training to provide my clients with an in-depth Advanced Comparative Market analysis, and advice on staging. As my office’s technology officer as well as both a Zillow Platinum Premier and Trulia Premier agent, I use the latest and most up-to-date marketing methods to get your home in front of as many buyers as possible. Being your New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor ® not only involves just finding the home or selling the home, but being your guide, negotiator, advisor and advocate and making sure that your needs and goals are met. Being your New Jersey Essex/Union County area Realtor® (with a little bit of Morris County thrown in for good measure) is one of my truest passions, and “Helping You Find Your Dream Home” is my number one priority.


Mark Slade

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Living in Maplewood: Maplewood Memorial Library Events (Professionals in Transition, Create Space, Chef Jesse, Neo Soulz and more!)




ADULT PROGRAMMING

DIGITAL DEVICE CLINICS
Get free one-on-one support in using your ereader, tablet, smartphone, or other electronic device. The clinics take place during the Tuesday Create Space drop-in hours Tuesdays, January 5, 12, 19 & 26 6-8 pm at Hilton Branch


CREATE SPACE DROP-IN HOURS
Use Rhino 3D software to build a model, print an object on our 3D printer or use our new color printer or laminator. There are also Snap Circuits, Squishy Circuits, LittleBits and SparkFun kits for the kids. Raspberry Pi single board computers are also available to learn more about computer science.
Located at Hilton Branch
Every Tuesday and Thursday 6-8 pm Every Saturday 10 am to 1 pm


AMERICAN CLASSICS BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES
Our February title is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Considered to be Fitzgerald's greatest work, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream.
Thursday, February 4 7:00 pm at Main Library

The title for the March 3 meeting is Rabbit Run, by John Updike.
This program was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.


PROFESSIONALS IN TRANSITION
--Ageism in the Workplace-How to Protect Yourself
Presenter Sonali Pundalik, Digital and Business Strategy Consultant for Splendid Circle, will use specific case studies to lead the group through effective strategies for navigating this roadblock. Monday, February 8 10 am at Main Library

--Watching Your Language, Communicating Your Success
Business Performance Coach Paul Hatrak will instruct attendees in how to tailor their message to others. Monday, February 22 10 am at Main Library

--Rising Up
Consultant and Facilitator Terry Seamon will discuss the attitudes and skills needed to bounce back after losing a job. Monday, February 29 10 am at Main Library


FREE ADULT HEALTH SCREENINGS
Blood pressure and carotid bruit screening, medication, weight & health counseling. Free and open to adults 18 and over. Staffed by Maplewood Health Dept. nurses.
Drop in. Wednesday, February 10 10:30-noon at Main Library


READ AROUND THE WORLD: TRINIDAD
Our February title is The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey
A newly independent Trinidad offers a rich backdrop for Roffey's evocative exploration of life in a tropical paradise rife with conflict. Sabine and George Harwood come to Trinidad from England with vastly different expectations: for Sabine, it is a blessedly limited three-year stint undertaken purely to advance her husband's career; for George it is an open-ended opportunity to break out of his dreary British life. Wednesday, February 10 7 pm at Main Library


BLACK HISTORY MONTH ART & MUSIC RECEPTION
Our February artist is Ronald Freeman:
"My inspiration comes from the music and movement that surrounds me. Music, being my first love, creates a visual and very personal
experience which is portrayed in my work."
Visit Ronald Freeman's website.
Saturday, February 13 3-4 pm at Main Library
Live music will be provided by The Manor's former "Piano Man"
Bob Richards


COMPUTERS FOR BEGINNERS
Learn the basics: how to get started, use the Internet, set up email, view photos and more.The teacher will help you with your specific needs. Intermediate students are also welcome. Tuesday, February 16 1 pm at Hilton Branch


FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT
Learn about different methods of saving and how to create a budget. Get the scoop on credit reports, how to obtain free reports and how to dispute inaccurate accounts.
Presented by the Irvington Family Development Center's Family Success Center
Wednesday, February 17 2-4 pm at Hilton Branch


NEO_SOULZ SPOKEN WORD AND POETRY OPEN MIC
For more information, call Zenobia @ 408-676-8597.
Thursday, February 18 6:30-7:30 pm at Hilton Branch


MAKER MEETUP
Are you interested in the Maker Movement? 3d printing? Do you want to find out more about the library's new Create Space? Join us at our monthly Maker Meetup.
Help our team build a 3D printer from recycled computer parts, or bring your own projects and ideas. Thursday, February 18 6:30-8 pm at Hilton Branch


CREATIVE COLORING FOR ADULTS
Adult coloring is taking the world by storm. Coloring relieves stress, takes you away from your cares for a while, trains your brain to focus, and gives you a sense of accomplishment. You may even help keep dementia at bay! Each month, the library will provide a variety of designs and a supply of colored pencils. Just drop in: bring your own coffee and we'll bring the cookies. Monday, February 29 10:30 to noon at Main Library


CHEF JESSE: A SPECIAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH TALK & DEMO
Our favorite southern chef, Jesse Jones, will give a short talk about his modern, healthier approach to traditional southern cooking, and will offer a demo and sampling of his pulled pork tacos. For all ages. No registration is needed. Monday, February 29 6:00 pm at Main Library



Mark Slade
Keller Williams
917.797.5059
Good Homes



Selling a Maplewood/South Orange/Millburn/Short Hills area home involves many steps and having an experienced Maplewood New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor®, specializing in the Bedroom Communities of New York City in Essex/Union County— Millburn, Short Hills, Montclair, West Orange, South Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Springfield, Summit, Madison, Chatham, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Westfield--by your side will make the transaction run a lot smoother. I would love to be your Maplewood/South Orange New Jersey Area Real Estate Professional! I assist both buyers and sellers in the Bedroom Communities of New York City, mostly served by NJ Transit’s Mid-Town Direct Train Lines, offering commutes of 45minute or less to NY Penn Station, with either the purchase and or sale of residential real estate.


As an Accredited Buyer’s Agent (ABR), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying process. From start to finish, I listen to your needs and desires in what you would like and take the information you give me to find you home. My GO-TO team can provide you the best in Real Estate advice with regard to attorney choices, Home Inspectors and Mortgage Loan Officers


As your Maplewood/South Orange/Millburn/Short Hills/Essex/Union County New Jersey listing agent I am well versed on as your local expert in all things in the Maplewood and South Orange area Real Estate Market. You can expect personalized service that includes a detailed consultation on how to best position your Mid-Town Direct home to be competitive in today’s market with training to provide my clients with an in-depth Advanced Comparative Market analysis, and advice on staging. As my office’s technology officer as well as both a Zillow Platinum Premier and Trulia Premier agent, I use the latest and most up-to-date marketing methods to get your home in front of as many buyers as possible. Being your New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor ® not only involves just finding the home or selling the home, but being your guide, negotiator, advisor and advocate and making sure that your needs and goals are met. Being your New Jersey Essex/Union County area Realtor® (with a little bit of Morris County thrown in for good measure) is one of my truest passions, and “Helping You Find Your Dream Home” is my number one priority.


Mark Slade

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Luxury Homes Require Extra Expertise



I'm not sure how often you get chosen to represent a client and then the following year you get recommended to help a sibling buy a home and then you get a chance to sell and buy for their parents, but this did happen to me and I couldn't have been any more excited and honored by their choice in me as their Realtor.





Mark Slade
Keller Williams
917.797.5059
Good Homes



Selling a Maplewood/South Orange/Millburn/Short Hills area home involves many steps and having an experienced Maplewood New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor®, specializing in the Bedroom Communities of New York City in Essex/Union County— Millburn, Short Hills, Montclair, West Orange, South Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Springfield, Summit, Madison, Chatham, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Westfield--by your side will make the transaction run a lot smoother. I would love to be your Maplewood/South Orange New Jersey Area Real Estate Professional! I assist both buyers and sellers in the Bedroom Communities of New York City, mostly served by NJ Transit’s Mid-Town Direct Train Lines, offering commutes of 45minute or less to NY Penn Station, with either the purchase and or sale of residential real estate.


As an Accredited Buyer’s Agent (ABR), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying process. From start to finish, I listen to your needs and desires in what you would like and take the information you give me to find you home. My GO-TO team can provide you the best in Real Estate advice with regard to attorney choices, Home Inspectors and Mortgage Loan Officers


As your Maplewood/South Orange/Millburn/Short Hills/Essex/Union County New Jersey listing agent I am well versed on as your local expert in all things in the Maplewood and South Orange area Real Estate Market. You can expect personalized service that includes a detailed consultation on how to best position your Mid-Town Direct home to be competitive in today’s market with training to provide my clients with an in-depth Advanced Comparative Market analysis, and advice on staging. As my office’s technology officer as well as both a Zillow Platinum Premier and Trulia Premier agent, I use the latest and most up-to-date marketing methods to get your home in front of as many buyers as possible. Being your New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor ® not only involves just finding the home or selling the home, but being your guide, negotiator, advisor and advocate and making sure that your needs and goals are met. Being your New Jersey Essex/Union County area Realtor® (with a little bit of Morris County thrown in for good measure) is one of my truest passions, and “Helping You Find Your Dream Home” is my number one priority.


Mark Slade

Friday, January 22, 2016

Maplewood’s Neighborhood Music School Opens

I am really excited to tell you all about the evolution of John Brophy Music into a new music school based in downtown Maplewood!

We are officially launching this weekend and are going to be called In Tune and are positioning ourselves as “Maplewood’s Neighborhood Music School”. We will be offering small (no more than five students per class!) guitar, ukulele, bass guitar, drums, keyboards and singing classes throughout the week and weekends and have some of the best teaching talent around. You can find out more about us on the website,

www.intunemaplewood.com

Creating good times by teaching you to make music
Music is one of life's most deep-rooted and powerful sources of inspiration, emotion and enjoyment. Music enables creative expression and it helps connect all of us to something bigger than ourselves. But most importantly it taps into a certain part of you than needs to be awakened once in a while.

We believe that no matter if you're young, old or somewhere in between, you have the ability to plug in to music by actually doing it rather than simply listening to it. And the greater part of the magic of music is in actually playing an instrument.

We are helping students create their own experiences by teaching them how to make music. Along the way students find themselves not only tapping into their creative sides but also connecting with other students in our group lesson setting.


Classes start the week of January 25th so I wanted to see if you were interested in signing up for one of our 8 week classes.

We have various options including a new ukulele class which is great for both kids and adults, and the new Commuter Jam Session, for those that want to rock out before heading home from the train.

Here's a list of the classes we are currently offering:

Play Guitar! – Beginning Kick-start your guitar playing and learn your favorite songs! Learn basic chords and riffs. Develop your strumming and picking. Learn songs and understand chord charts, tab and music notation. Bring your own acoustic guitar. Kids/teens: Wednesdays and Fridays, 4 pm; Adults, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7pm - eight weeks, $340

Play Guitar! – Continuing Learn scales and advanced chords so you can play melodies and progressions in different areas of the fret board. Bring your own acoustic guitar. Prerequisite: Play Guitar! – Beginning or audition. Kids/teens: Wednesdays and Fridays 5 pm; Adults: Thursdays 8pm - eight weeks, $340

Multi-Instrment Dabble a bit on guitar, bass, keyboards, and sing! Get better at playing music with others! Wednesdays 8pm - eight weeks, $340

Play Keyboards! – Learn the fundamentals of the piano, chords and keys, accompaniment and improvisation. Play chords and melodies in several positions and learn to read musical notation. Tuesdays 5pm - eight weeks, $340

Play Ukulele! – Experience the joy that only playing the ukulele can bring! Learn basic chords, develop your strumming, learn songs and understand chord charts, tab and music notation. Ukuleles are available to try out! Thursdays 4, 5pm - eight weeks, $340

Write Songs! – Explore the songs you love, and get your own songs written! For all musical levels, learn the nuts and bolts of song structure, and take home an assignment to write a song for supportive critique at the next class.

Play Drums! – Apply rhythmic fundamentals to the drum set, integrating them with songs that reflect the techniques being learned. Learn how to read rhythms and how to play music with others. Thursdays 4-6; Fridays 4-5 pm

Play Bass Guitar! – Learn bass lines, chord arpeggios and develop technique. Learn songs and understand tab and music notation. Bring your own electric bass guitar.

Sing! – Learn about breathing, warm-up exercises, performance techniques, and improvisation. Understand pitch and rhythm, head voice and chest voice, and develop vocal control.

Commuter Jam Session – For those who want to get together and have some fun after the train gets in, bring your guitar and drop in on our jam session! We will provide the songs, you bring the music!

Start A Band! – The style is up to you! Bring your instrument and the desire to play. This class helps with the organizational side of forming and developing a band so you can focus on being creative and cooperative in the pursuit of making music!

If this all sounds interesting, send a note to:

lessons@intunemaplewood.com


Also, as we are still setting up we are asking for all the help we can get with marketing, so if you think your friends might be interested in finding out about this, please pass this on.

Thanks!
John Brophy –


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Local Maplewood Musicians Performing Live: SPUTNIK


Saturday Jan 23 7:30

SPUTNIK 5 @ Elks (Tuscan Fundraiser $25/head)
also featuring Fairmont • Tri-State • Dollar Store Riot

Friday Feb 5 8:00–10:30

SPUTNIK 5 @ Hat City Kitchen

Friday Mar 4 time TBD

SPUTNIK 5 @ Elks (First Fridays)a



Hold the dates and I’ll bother you more later.


Rich

Sputnik 5



Mark Slade
Keller Williams
917.797.5059
Good Homes



Selling a Maplewood/South Orange/Millburn/Short Hills area home involves many steps and having an experienced Maplewood New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor®, specializing in the Bedroom Communities of New York City in Essex/Union County— Millburn, Short Hills, Montclair, West Orange, South Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Springfield, Summit, Madison, Chatham, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Westfield--by your side will make the transaction run a lot smoother. I would love to be your Maplewood/South Orange New Jersey Area Real Estate Professional! I assist both buyers and sellers in the Bedroom Communities of New York City, mostly served by NJ Transit’s Mid-Town Direct Train Lines, offering commutes of 45minute or less to NY Penn Station, with either the purchase and or sale of residential real estate.


As an Accredited Buyer’s Agent (ABR), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying process. From start to finish, I listen to your needs and desires in what you would like and take the information you give me to find you home. My GO-TO team can provide you the best in Real Estate advice with regard to attorney choices, Home Inspectors and Mortgage Loan Officers


As your Maplewood/South Orange/Millburn/Short Hills/Essex/Union County New Jersey listing agent I am well versed on as your local expert in all things in the Maplewood and South Orange area Real Estate Market. You can expect personalized service that includes a detailed consultation on how to best position your Mid-Town Direct home to be competitive in today’s market with training to provide my clients with an in-depth Advanced Comparative Market analysis, and advice on staging. As my office’s technology officer as well as both a Zillow Platinum Premier and Trulia Premier agent, I use the latest and most up-to-date marketing methods to get your home in front of as many buyers as possible. Being your New Jersey Real Estate Agent and Realtor ® not only involves just finding the home or selling the home, but being your guide, negotiator, advisor and advocate and making sure that your needs and goals are met. Being your New Jersey Essex/Union County area Realtor® (with a little bit of Morris County thrown in for good measure) is one of my truest passions, and “Helping You Find Your Dream Home” is my number one priority.


Mark Slade
Mark Slade, ABR,  Local Expert - Agent with KELLER WILLIAMS Mid-Town Direct Realty