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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Selling a home: Par-Drone Me, A.K.A. what you get when you cross a home on the golf course with a drone shoot

Selling a home has many components to it that will either lead to success or failure. This includes Preparing (staging) the home correctly, Pricing (where the market is at that moment in time) and Marketing-how a good agent gets the word out to as many potential buyers as possible.

So, I just listed this home that sits on the edge of the Maplewood Country Club's golf course, so the owner of this house has a millionaire-like view from their kitchen, master bedroom and 3rd floor. Traditional photography can only do so much, so I engaged the services of a company to shoot some aerial photography that not only shows the golf course but how close this home sits in terms of its adjacency to the center of Maplewood village.

Here's hoping that our birdie's eye views will help us shoot a hole-in-one with this extra marketing effort.




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

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Road Travelled Well: The Home Buying Process

A roadmap for homeownership

The Road to Homeownership – A Guide to the Home-Buying Process


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

6 Essential Home Buying TIps


Click here to read a list of more homebuyer tips


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, November 5, 2014

Selling Your Home: How you get it ready for the next owners


When selling a home, you are obligated to deliver the property to the new owners in what is deemed a "broom swept" condition.

If you have valuable items that you would rather sell, then may we recommend John Nye at (973) 984-6900. You will want to get the valuables out of the way so that no harm to them will occur during the moving process.

The first order of business should be to have the auction house come and take out any and all valuable paintings and antiques that he plans on selling. I believe he is working with Nye and Company (). If these valuable items are removed it will be easier to sort the rest without a risk that something important goes missing or gets lost or mistreated. Perhaps Nye can also help recommend someone to specially pack and ship any artwork or valuables that he is taking to the W. Coast.

Here are some other professionals who can help:

Personal Organizer: to help your dad sort through his items and decide what is staying and going. Pam Carlson of Ready, Set, Organize 972-818-4728

House Sale Companies for items he might want to sell in this way:

Bargain Hunter Mama Estate Sales 646-823-5231
Mary Wood Estate and House Sales 973-783-2942

One of the most challenging items to deal with are your old books. They weigh a lot to move and you probably haven't opened one in ages. So, if you are thinking of getting rid of them, consider the following: Book/CD Donations: can be taken by Books B Gone 908-912-6652

Disposal Company: that can remove and dispose of items he isn't taking: Bulk Be Gone 973-746-6666, they are out of Montclair; there are also College Hunks.

Moving Companies:
First Class Movers 973-727-9824
Harrington Moving and Storage 973-313-2246

Cleaning Companies: Who can give the house a "once over" before the walk through on closing day.

Clean World Sandra 973-704-1753
Scrub Systems 800-540-4418
Cat'z Cleaning Services Cathy Ann Waithe 973-309-3356


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, November 1, 2014

Guide to Buying Your New Home

Congratulations, you have decided to buy a home!
No matter how well you can picture your dream house in your head or after sifting through thousands of pictures online, drive by’s and magazines, as then communicating your ideal home to a real-estate agent, the house you finally fall in love with and ultimately buy may have little resemblance to your original ideas.
Step 1: What you Need, What you Want!

You have to start somewhere, so here is a detailed list to review when putting together your Must Have’s, your Hope For’s and your Not Necessaries. We recommend you separate your list into MUST’s and HOPE’s from the menu below and put an “M” or an “H” in front of the corresponding item on your list:

• Choosing a town:
o Is it a bedroom community to New York City?
o Or, do you prefer a more rural suburban location?
o Does it provide a comfortable for you that works with the amount of time of commute, flexibility, frequency and style?
o Are the schools what you would expect (even if you don’t have or plan to have kids, schools do affect home values)?
o What are the various types of residents that live in this particular town and do you identify with them and this is truly about friendships and lifestyles?
o Does the town offer the environmental, social, economic and recreational amenities you want in a town?
• Once you have chosen a town(s):
o Safe, quiet neighborhood
o Near close friends or family members
o Close to downtown and public transportation
o Neighborhood matches family personality, i.g. culturally, politically, socio-economically
o Proximities to commercial districts, industrial sites
o Preference for quiet cul de sac or side streets
o Or, are you ok with wider and busier roads that get preferential treatment for snow removal and commutation purposes
o Proximity to an airport: ½ hr; 45 minutes; 1 hour; not important
• Home Specific Must Have’s, Hope for’s and Not Necessaries
o Style of Home: Colonial, Townhouse, Contemporary, Victorian, Split Level, Ranch, etc.
o # of rooms, # of bedrooms, # of baths
o Generously sized rooms; average size rooms
o A space to entertain larger parties?
o Room types: formal dining, eat-in kitchen, breakfast room, great/family room, sun room
o Finished Basement; or can you stand up in the basement which would allow you to eventually finish it off for an office, guest space, play room for kids or recreation/media room (play room for adults).
o Finished Attic; or can you stand up in the attic and could you eventually finish it off for an office or guest space or even a new bedroom suite?
o Size of Yard, Level, Fenced, Garden
o Garage attached/detached; one or two car garage; parking for more than 2 cars
o Ability to add on to the home; whether upward or possibly outward
o Handy man special (you or a good friend can replace sinks, tile and then kitchen counters and cabinets)
o As close to “move-in” as possible, you work and don’t have the time or ability to manage a renovation p
o No major repairs needed: age of heating system, water heater, plumbing, electric
o Lots of natural sun light, meaning lots of windows, large windows, sky lights, etc.
o Visitor Parking in driveway or in front of home
o Good investment with excellent resale potential
o Affordable property taxes
o Large Closets or Walk-in closet in master bedroom
o Master Bath in addition to Full bath on bedroom floor
o Powder on main floor for visiting guests
o Size of Closets, # of closets, additional Storage space
o Oil or Gas Heating
o Gas or Electric stove
o Back deck or patio
o Close to schools, houses of worship
o Finished basement or attic for office, guest room, playroom or rec room
o Hardwood floors
o French drain in basement/Sump Pump(s)

The likelihood is that there will have to be trade-offs, not just in how many of the above attributes fit your preferences but in how the homes are priced as a result and you may eventually change up some of your M’s with H’s or NN’s after you see what you can buy in the location of your choice.

2. How much should I spend on a home?

Every market is different, but the first step to answering this question is finding out what your budget will allow you to pay on a monthly basis after you've made your down payment — 3.5%, 10%, 20% or more of the price of the house.

Meet with a loan officer of a lender or mortgage broker. The best way to learn what you can afford is to get pre-approval mortgage/loan. You may have also heard the term “pre-qualified,” but you need to know that this is generally the term applied to quick review of your finances and is not as thorough as a pre-approval where tax returns and pay stubs are also required to provide you with the most accurate picture of what you can afford. Your real-estate agent may recommend someone, or you can ask a friend who has recently had a successful transaction for a referral; please don’t take this lightly as a good loan officer makes for a smooth transaction and a less experienced or successful loan officer could very easily make your experience more challenging than necessary when you are trying to close on a home, especially with the recent scrutiny in the mortgage industry and housing industry malaise. Pre-approval won't cost you anything, except a probable sales pitch, since the lender would like your business when you're ready to apply for a loan. You'll walk away with a good idea of how your income, assets and liabilities translate into what you can afford, and it can also help your chances of beating out the competition if you happen to be involved in a multiple bid scenario. And, you are not obligated to use the loan officer that conducts your pre approval, so choose wisely when you are actually engaged in a transaction. I often recommend you check with a broker as well as a bank loan officer to get a better understanding of what products they can offer you. Furthermore, as mortgage interest and property taxes can often be used as write-offs for income tax purposes, you might want to corroborate your pre-qualification findings with an accountant so that you can confirm how your budget will work when you are a home owner.

Additional costs to close: When you are about to buy a home your focus is on the price and the amount of money down. However, you need to review the cash for closing costs (including points, fees, mortgage interest pre-pay and tax pre-pay), inspection and future expenses. All in all, these closing costs run between 2.5% to 5% of the selling price.

3. Starting the house hunt:
You have already begun the process of looking for a home online and are using our websites to help you navigate the weekly Open Houses in the town of your choice. As soon as you have been pre-approved, you can begin to drill down to a more finite range of homes and we recommend that you then choose your real-estate agent to help you achieve your goal. A great agent can educate you about what to look for and avoid, provide reliable references for other experts you'll need along the line — such as lenders, lawyers and inspectors — guide you through and shadow the inspection process, the appraisal process as well as represent you in negotiations, help to project-manage the time table for closing, including following up with your lender to make sure your commitment comes in on time as per the contract. Additionally, should you consider choosing us, we are practitioners of Advanced Comparable Market Analysis which allows us to provide you with much more accurate financial guidance when looking to buy (or sell) a home as we use NJ State-Wide published factors when making adjustments in values for comparable sales (location, size of property, condition of the home, the number of rooms and most of the factors we listed earlier on when asking you to consider what you need and Must Have and Hope for in a home).
Now you're ready for the fun stuff: pounding the pavement. Go to as many open houses as you can stand, even at times your broker isn't available, and then go to another. Don’t be afraid to see homes that are not in your price range as you will be able to use this knowledge to better understand what you can buy for your money in each respective town (Just be sure to sign in under your broker's name), see how the same size home can be listed for more or less based upon location and help to determine what best suites your overall needs. Sometimes the difference of $10,000 can make a huge difference in what you can buy with your money.

4. The Next Step, you’ve found your dream home and it’s time to make an offer:
If you are ready to make an offer, make sure you have selected a local real estate attorney—a local attorney can be quite helpful with localized issues that you may not be aware of if you are coming from a different region and a real estate attorney is best suited for the task of helping you buy a home as they should be most aware of how the laws and contracts are best written for the purposes of buying a home and protecting you during the course of this journey.

5. You have an accepted offer--A* (attorney review in progress)--now what do I do:
The second you have come to a meeting of the minds, a.k.a an agreement—meaning you have an accepted offer on your dream home--your attorney needs to take the offer and begin the process of converting it into a contract. At the same time, you and/or your real estate professional needs to make the arrangements to quickly have the home inspected, as soon as possible, by a licensed Home Inspector. You should make sure that at least one of you attends the home inspection so that you are made aware any potential concerns and, equally important, get your first lesson in home ownership, maintenance and operation. At the end of the inspection, you will receive a report that you should review with your agent and then with your attorney. You will then have to decide if you now have new found issues that concern you enough to cancel your contract, or to continue onward, with or without any corrective actions or financial offsets for corrective actions. Through this stage of the process, you can back out of the home purchase without any loss other than the home inspection fee and possibly some part of the attorney fee. However, when you have finished the Home Inspection process and any related negotiations, you will move out of the A*--attorney review in progress to an Under Contract designation: either “US” or “UC,” (if there is a contingency on the part of either party, the status could be “US” which means Under Contract but able to be shown), whereas “UC” means the home can no longer be shown to any other potential buyers and is also known as “sale pending” on some websites.


Another key requirement of the home purchase is to make sure you and your attorney have engaged the services of a Title Insurance company (click here to ask any questions about Title Insurance) to make sure a clear (no other liens pending) title can be transferred to register your ownership. If you have done any reading lately, you are probably aware that the Aug/Sept 2010 foreclosure crises was first made known after Title Insurance companies found fault with some of the paperwork on pending foreclosure sales. As your attorney can tell you, Title Insurance is all too critical to the process. If you want to learn a little more about this all too important subject, you can Google (the verb) NY Times October 9, 2010 “After Foreclosure, a Focus on Title Insurance.”

Simultaneously, you will need to make sure you begin the process of securing your mortgage commitment. This will require you to use one mortgage broker or banker—direct lender--(it could be someone other than the one who prepared your pre-approval if you didn’t feel that comfortable with them or if you found someone else you feel more comfortable with) and begin to fill out the copious amounts of paperwork required for the underwriters to review you financial position and make sure you can still buy the home you selected. Please understand that a pre-qualification is performed as a cursory overview of your finances and credit this doesn’t always mean that the same loan officer will be able to secure the mortgage commitment for you; so, it’s best to make sure you are going with a professional, accomplished and hard working loan officer.

Once you have set the wheels in motion for the mortgage, an appraisal will have to be performed on the property. This sometimes leads to another round of negotiations when the appraised value comes in for less than the mortgage amount needed to buy the property. Once again, this is another reason for having a real estate attorney who can help you navigate through this very infrequent scenario.
At about “this” time, you should quickly determine which moving company you want to use for your move. You may also want to begin the process of applying for any local parking permits, train parking passes, jitney passes, etc. so that the first day you plan to return to work after moving into your new home you are ready for a painless commute. If you have children, you would want to contact the school district to make sure that you have all the required paperwork you need to enroll them in their new school system. If you require daycare/childcare or pre-K schooling, you should similarly meet with them, chose one and begin the enrollment process.

Due to recent market conditions, you will sense a lot of pressure on the part of the Seller’s Agent to make sure that your mortgage commitment will come in and on time. Therefore, as your agent, we will make sure we are in daily contact with your mortgage broker/banker so that everyone’s expectations are met.

Depending on the township, there are certain “permits” required by the buyer of a home. Usually, this means securing a Certificate of (continuing) Use and Occupancy, which means contacting the local town government and securing the necessary forms and payment, often times accompanied with an inspection of the property; the same conditions may apply to a Fire Inspection, depending on the town. As your agent, we will meet with the officials, schedule the appointments and inspections, be a witness to these same inspections and report back to you and your attorney so that you are in full compliance of your contract and will be able to close once you have your mortgage commitment.

When all of the above is done, your attorney needs to make sure that your mortgage funding is on schedule and a closing can then be executed. When this is concluded and all the paperwork is signed, you will be handed your new keys and you officially become the rightful and legal owners of your new home!


MARK SLADE
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




Moving to Maplewood (Brooklyn West): Memorial Library Calendar for November







NOVEMBER HOLIDAY HOURS
VETERANS DAY
Tuesday, November 11: closed
THANKSGIVING
Wednesday, November 26: close at 1:00
Thursday, November 27: closed
Friday, November 28: closed





A MONTH OF SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

Thursday Night Book Club
Our November title is Regeneration by Pat Barker
The novel explores the experience of British army officers being treated for shell shock during World War I. Inspired by her grandfather's experience of World War I, Barker draws extensively on first-person narratives from the period.
Thursday, November 6 7:00 pm at Main Library


Author Talk & Book Signing

Meet Christian C. Sahner, author of Among the Ruins: Syria Past and Present.
As a civil war rages in Syria, historian Christian Sahner blends history, reportage and memoir in a piercing account of a country whose rich past resonates in its tragic present.
Sahner is a 2003 graduate of Columbia High School. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at St John's College, Oxford and is currently completing his doctorate at Princeton.
Monday, November 10 7:00 pm at Main Library
"Sahner's work illustrates not only why the current sociopolitical upheaval came about, but also why it is important to all countries. ...engaging and instructive... a fascinating cultural study...."
--Library Journal


Art & Music Reception
Our November art exhibit is the photography of Maplewoodian Ben Lowy, an award-winning photographer who covers major stories worldwide. His images of Iraq are some of the most iconic of the 21st Century. His image from Hurricane Sandy was the first iPhone photo to grace the cover of Time magazine.

The exhibit is Life During Wartime: iPhone Images from Afghanistan
After more than 30 years of war in Afghanistan, the obstinate violence no longer represents an assault on daily life. Rather, life, in its obstinacy, represents a daily assault on the violence.

A reception with live music will feature the Maplewood Community Music Trombone Quartet playing military marches, patriotic medlies and War era numbers.
Saturday, November 15 1:00 pm at Main Library
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Learn more at benlowy.com
This program is made possible by the Maplewood Memorial Post 10120 VFW.

World War I: Life in the Trenches
This talk will examine the lives of soldiers on the Western Front during the Great War. Topics to be discussed include the conditions in the trenches from 1914-1918, the technology and weaponry used, the reasons the trenches were constructed and well as how the experience of trench warfare shaped the way the war was later perceived and understood.
Mark C. Molesky is Associate Professor of History at Seton Hall University. He received his A.M. and Ph.D. in European history at Harvard University. He is completing a book on the Lisbon Earthquake of 1755.
Monday, November 17 7:00 pm at Main Library
This program is made possible by Drew J. Bauman


FOOD FOR THOUGHT BOOK CLUB
Our November title is
Meet Me at the Cupcake Café by Jenny Colgan
Ever dreamed of starting over? Her friends say she can't do it, but after losing her job, and armed with recipes from her Grampa, Issy Randal attempts to prove them wrong and open her own café.
Following your dreams is never easy, and this is no exception.
Read the first chapter here


"[A] heartwarming story a la Bridget Jones' Diary... Colgan folds in a colorful cast of characters and whips up an easy, sweet read. " --USA Today

"A funny novel about friendship, food and love... Readers with an interest in baking will love this book. " - Kirkus

Wednesday, November 12 7:00 pm at Main Library




COMPUTERS FOR BEGINNERS

These classes are for people with little or no computer experience. Learn how to use a mouse, go on the Internet, and more. No registration is needed.
Tuesday, November 18
1:00 pm at Hilton Branch
Additional date: Tuesday, December 9





FREE ADULT HEALTH SCREENING

For residents of Maplewood. Free blood pressure and carotid bruit screening and
medication, weight & health counseling are performed by Maplewood Health Dept. Nurses.

Drop in, or call, call 973- 762-8120 ext. 4300 for an appointment .
Wednesday, November 12 3:30-5 at Hilton Branch
Additional date:
Wednesday, December 10 Main Library 10:30 am - 12 noon



SATURDAY KNITTING

Please note: registration is now required!
Please register at https://saturdayknittingnov15.eventbrite.com
Teacher Yasemin Esmek will get beginners started on the basics, and help intermediate students meet new challenges.
If you have materials, please bring them, or bring a project you're working (or stuck!) on.
Saturday, November 15 10am -12 pm at Main Library

Additional date: Saturday, December 13
Register here: http://saturdayknittingdec13.eventbrite.com



TWO TOWNS, ONE BOOK
Meet the author/community book discussion.
The Coalition on Race's Two Towns, One Book is designed to encourage residents to read and discuss a selected book that is related to an issue or experience faced by our community. This year's selection is The Price of Paradise: The Costs of Inequality and a Vision for a More Equitable America, by David Troutt.

Program Director, Audrey Rowe says, "This book will provide an excellent launching point for a thoughtful and engaging discussion about how our lives in Maplewood/South Orange are tied to what happens in Newark and other New Jersey communities."
David Troutt is Professor of Law and Justice at the Rutgers University-Newark Law School.

Wednesday, November 19 7:30 pm at the Woodland Open to all.
Sponsored by the Coalition on Race and the Maplewood and South Orange Libraries. The book can be purchased at [words] bookstore and borrowed from either library.




SCORE SMALL BUSINESS SEMINAR

Email Marketing
For small business owners and entrepreneurs. Learn simple and easy-to-implement strategies for successfully reaching out to and engaging customers. No registration required.

Wednesday, November 19 7:00 pm at Main Library
Conducted by SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives.
Learn more at score.org



AFTER YOUR ADOPTED CHILD COMES HOME

A panel discussion and exchange.
• Does parenting an adopted child differ from parenting a biological child?
• What do adoptive parents need to be on the lookout for?
• How can we help adoptive children thrive?
Our panel of professionals will include:
• Natalie Hamilton, New Jersey Adoption Resource Clearing House, adoptee/ adoptive parent
• Misha Conaway, Outreach, Spence-Chapin Adoption Services, NYC
• Tobia Corbitt, Department of Children and Families, Division of Youth and Family Services
Thursday, November 20 7:00 pm at Main Library


FRIENDS BOOK SALE

The Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale will take place on
Saturday, November 22 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and
Sunday, November 23 11:00 am to -5:00 pm
(Enter via the parking lot on Sunday.)
Sunday is Bag Day: buy a bag (provided by the Friends) for $8.00 and fill it up!

Find great bargains on Fiction, Nonfiction, Paperbacks, Books on Tape & CD, DVDs & Videos, even Records & Cassettes!

Donations will be accepted until November 15.
Please do not bring encyclopedias, magazines or mildewed books. Thank you!
The weekly donation schedule is as follows:
Saturdays: 10 am-noon and 2-4 pm
Mondays: 10 am-noon
Wednesdays: 7:30-8:30 pm
Thursdays: 2-4 pm




TEEN PROGRAMS

Karaoke Party
Main Library Wed. Nov 12 3:30 - 4:30 pm
YouthNet and the Maplewood Library are throwing a karaoke party! Teens, come out and showcase your karaoke talents. This could be your first stop before American Idol or the X-Factor! There will be singing & dancing, and snacks will be served.

Teen Advisory Group
Main Library Tues. Nov. 18 3:30-4:30 pm
As a member of T.A.G., you can have a say in the library programs for teens. Join us to discuss books, play a game and more! Refreshments will be served. Just drop in!


Flash Fiction Club
Main Library Tues. Nov. 25 3:30-4:30 pm
Flash fiction is very very short stories. You choose from the stories provided, read it aloud and then we'll talk about it. Refreshments will be served.



CHILDREN'S ROOM PROGRAMS

Music with Wilma & the Wingers
All ages * Drop In
Fri 11/7 @ 11- 11:45 am - Main Library
Dance, sing, and get your body moving with some upbeat songs. Live music performed by Wilma Van De Pol and friends.

Saturday Storytime
All ages * Drop in
Sat. Nov. 8 @ 10:30-11:15 am-Main Library
Enjoy live music, stories and movement, featuring Marilyn Lehren and Wilma Van De Pol on guitar, with other musical guests. We especially welcome children with special needs. A wonderful way for the family to spend a Saturday morning!

Native Americans Then & Now
Ages 4-12 years * Drop In
Thurs 11/13 @ 6:30-7:30pm - Hilton Branch
Come to Hilton Branch to hear Beverly Friend, a speaker with the NJ Council for the Humanities and a descendant of the Cherokee people. She will speak on the Lenni Lenape and will explain how her native people lived, what they used and how they used it. Then you can join the friendship round dance!

BINGO
All Ages * Drop In
Thurs 11/20 @ 4-4:45pm - Hilton Branch
You can play if you know your numbers.

Storytime Programs
No registration required - All children must be accompanied by an adult
Valid Maplewood library card required

MAIN LIBRARY:
Multi Age Storytime (All ages)
Friday Nov. 14 @ 11-11:30 am
Tuesday Nov. 25 @10:30-11 am
Children and adults participate together in this fun mixture of stories, movement, and music.

HILTON BRANCH:
Baby Lit
(Ages birth - 2 ½)
Wednesdays @ 11-11:20 am 11/5, 11/12, 11/19
Preschool Storytime (Ages 2 ½ - 5)
Mondays @ 11-11:30 am 11/3, 11/10, 11/17

Pajama Storytime (Ages 2 - 10)
Tuesday 11/18 @ 7-7:30 pm




HILTON OPEN LAB/MAKER SPACE
Maplewood Library's MakerSpace at Hilton Branch is open!
Drop in on Mondays, November 3, 10, 17 & 24 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.
Patrons can use Rhino 3D software to build a model, print an object on our 3D printer or use our new color printer. Printing times may vary, depending on file size and demand.

For information, or to submit an stl file to be printed outside lab hours, email 3Dprinter@maplewoodlibrary.org.

Get more info on Lab procedures, policies and printing prices at
http://www.maplewoodlibrary.org/3d-printer-policy/


VISIT OUR WEBSITE



Main Library 973-762-1622
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10 am - 9 pm
Tuesday: 10 am - 6 pm
Friday and Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
(Saturdays in July and August: 10 am - 1 pm)
Hilton Branch 973-762-1688
Monday and Wednesday: 10 am - 5 pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 12 pm - 8 pm
Friday: closed
Saturday: 10 am - 1 pm (closed Saturdays in July and August)

A picturesque town in Essex County, Maplewood is located on the East Branch of the Rahway River. Originally consisting of farms, mills and orchards, Maplewood is now a great mix of residential and commercial areas, culminating in the jewel of a downtown village and coming together to create a charming, tight-knit and diversified community. Maplewood has predominantly Colonial and Tudor style homes with sprawling porches and ample greenery, but you can also find some Victorians and a range of more modern style construction on its beautiful tree lined streets.
Maplewood is a diverse town with 6 elementary schools and prominent municipal building designed by famous architects, Guilbert and Betelle. In the center of town, famed landscape architects, the Olmstead Brothers, created the breathtaking Memorial Park; not to be overlooked is Ricalton Square, nestled between the train station and the downtown shopping; this area is frequently used for events including a Halloween Parade with hayrides and petting zoos, as well as featuring replica homes during the Winter Holiday Season. The town offers many activities to its residents from camps in the summer, arts and crafts classes, a public pool (with 4 pools ranging from a “baby” pool to toddler pool to large lap pool and a diving tank) and a farmers market when in season. There is even an annual musicalpalooza--Maplewoodstock—featuring a variety of bands and musical styles, showcasing local and national bands with booths for local businesses to set up.
The Village, also known as Maplewood Center, is a quaint, downtown shopping district with everything from restaurants with foods from all over the world, bakeries, dance studios, gyms, bookstores, a movie theater and bookstores. With its large variety of cuisines to choose from, Maplewood recently started a yearly town-wide Restaurant Week with over 30 eateries participating.
Easily accessible by its throughways and the New Jersey Transit, it's no surprise Maplewood has been ranked several times as one of the most desirable places to live in America by a number of surveys.




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, October 25, 2014

Moving to Maplewood and South Orange: PRE-SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE NIGHT

Most people feel that there is nothing better than checking properties when they have Open Houses so they can check on a few at a time and not have to worry about making appointments, yet they can begin to form opinions on what they like so they can prepare to buy. One of the first questions I get from most of my buyers is: What do I do about Child Care?

Well, Pre-School is certainly one option (I've written about alternatives in past blogs) and here is one of the best ways to check many out at the same time as Maplewood and South Orange's Coalition on Race is sponsoring a Pre-School Open House

Date:
November 11
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue:
Columbia High School Cafeteria
17 Parker Avenue, Maplewood, 07040

Looking for a pre-school or day-care center for your little one? Representatives from more than 20 preschool and child-care agencies will be available to answer questions at the 12th Annual Preschool Open House sponsored by the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race at Columbia High School. This free event is hosted by the Coalition’s Schools Committee for South Orange, Maplewood and neighboring parents.

Two Towns, One Community
South Orange and Maplewood are…
• adjoining suburbs with tree-lined streets and good schools
• 29 minutes from NYC by train
• full of parks and recreation
• arts and culture destinations
• graced by historic buildings and homes
• one community where everyone is welcome!

What people find here is a small town feel with the conveniences and cachet of cosmopolitan living. There are 17 beautiful parks with ball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, jogging paths, great sledding, and each town has a community pool. Both towns border the South Mountain Reservation—a 2020 acre preserve with hiking and biking trails. Residents refer to the down-towns of South Orange and Maplewood each quaintly as 'The Village.' Take the train to either of 'The Villages' to visit our wonderful stores, restaurants, arts centers, and take a walk through our neighborhoods to see the range and beauty of our homes!


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