Friday, June 14, 2024



Sunday, June 9, 2024

First Night of Summer June 20th, Dinner at Bistro d'Azur with wine from Aamira Garba of LoveLee Wine.

Hi Everyone, Now this is a timely one. June 20, the first night of summer, there will be a five course/four wine dinner with Aamira Garba of LoveLee Wine. Aamira is an Orange, NJ resident, a mom and marketing exec at Audible and she makes wine in California that has gotten acclaim. She has been featured in Forbes and the Washington Post. The dinner will feature her current portfolio of four wines and conversation with her throughout. Come support a young Black female rising star winemaker. Dinner is $95 plus tax and service which will come out to around $121. The wine charge for the night, payable that night to Aamira, is $28. So the total for the night all in is $149. She is a marketing whiz with a great social media following...this will sell out. Ticket sales are live at this link: Bistro d'Azur - South Orange, NJ | Tock (exploretock.com) 

 Here is the story Hank Zona wrote about Aamira, first appearing Dec. 29, 2021 in Jersey's Best: Raise a Glass: How one woman is changing the face of N.J.’s wine industry - Jersey's Best (jerseysbest.com) At first glance, Aamira Garba is not your typical winemaker. She may not fit the big wine magazine ad depiction of a winemaker, and she certainly has not followed a traditional path to becoming one. Although not so well known here just yet, she has received some national recognition, and on those larger stages, the Orange native never shies away from saying where she is from. In her words, “Jersey is always home, and ‘Jersey Strong’ is life!” New Jersey: Meet Aamira Garba. Orange native Aamira Garba currently makes her wine at a custom facility in Napa, around her other roles of mother and marketing executive at Audible in Newark.

Photo by Xcentric Visuals According to the Association of African American Vintners, about 0.1%, or one-tenth of 1%, of winemakers and wine brand owners are Black. That includes Garba. Making her foray into wine even more challenging, her LoveLee Wine label is similar to any of the other wineries that have been featured in this column — small artisanal producers fighting for recognition and shelf space against giant names with giant marketing budgets. Garba currently makes her wine at a custom facility in Napa, around her other roles of mother and marketing executive at Audible in Newark. Those other roles have profoundly impacted the shaping of the business she created. The LoveLee name is derived from her daughters’ names, Heaven Lee and Lyric Lee, and her girls inspire her daily. Her marketing and analytics background has helped her shape a tangible business from a dream. She not only has sought to make quality wine but to create a connected community around it, which is evident in her active social media presence. Garba also can discuss the details of her business planning and can tell you who exactly is buying her wine — 65% women, typically between the ages of 25 and 45 years old (she falls directly in the middle), and although mostly in the Northeast, from 34 states, for your information. Garba’s marketing and analytics background has helped her shape a tangible business from a dream.
Photo by Lance Thomas/Love Determines Value Photography Garba said, at age 30, she was feeling restless. Reading Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist,” she came away motivated by the novel’s theme that one cannot search for their destiny and happiness but, rather, has to create it. She knew she wanted her own business, “to be a boss,” she said smiling. Recognizing that she and her friends already enjoyed socializing over wine gave her the impetus. She determined that to build a foundation for this business and community, she had to establish herself as a winemaker first, which is to say, not how most folks start out. Undaunted, she did research, talked with people and took classes, and as she launched herself into the industry, Garba was aware she looked different than the other people around her. It did not intimidate her, but instead, excited her. “I realized, based on my experiences and interests, this was where I was supposed to be.” She knew the underappreciated spending power of the Black community needed more accessible entries into wine, too. Garba is working constantly to not just make a name for herself, but to continue to make really good wine for her community, which is open to everyone.
Photo by Lance Thomas/Love Determines Value Photography Although not making wine for all that long, Garba clearly has a knack for it. She has produced a handful of wines, with a Blanc de Blancs-style sparkling wine the most recent release. VinePair, the largest digital media company delivering wine content, called the LoveLee Pinot Noir one of its top 25 pinots of 2021 globally. It is the first pinot noir Garba has ever made. Perhaps her only weakness so far is that she does not make more wine — not yet at least. She is currently working on collaborations (one potentially here in New Jersey) and looking to secure funding to start a new brand to put in stores and restaurants. LoveLee Wine is now only direct to consumer through her website: loveleewine.com. The tragic events of the past year and a half have, fortunately, led to more recognition and accolades for Garba. The Black Lives Matter movement magnified the underrepresentation of people of color in many fields, including wine. There was an article in Forbes. She received a scholarship from the Roots Fund, which provides people of color with resources for education, mentorships and job placement in the wine industry, to further grow her knowledge and network. In August, at the Wine & Culture Fest in Atlanta, run by the Hue Society to recognize multicultural brands, winemakers and wine professionals, Garba walked away — no, make that floated away — with two awards, the Brand of the Year and the Innovator/Who’s Got Next award. In August, at the Wine & Culture Fest in Atlanta, Garba walked away with two awards: the Brand of the Year and the Innovator/Who’s Got Next award.
Photo by Lance Thomas/Love Determines Value Photography “I love this industry, and I finally felt truly valued. That I have arrived and that I am seen. What was most important to me was that the people there really liked my wine, too. The awards would mean nothing if they didn’t like my wine.” Ray Sholes, a Miami-based sommelier and consultant, had a unique view on Garba at the Wine & Culture Fest. They are both Roots Fund scholarship recipients and act as sounding boards to one another. But what Sholes saw that weekend surprised even him. “I knew she was knowledgeable and driven, but when she was given the platform, she seized it. Her professionalism and presentation blew me away. And her wines … I want them in my Miami restaurant.” When asked at the end of a lively conversation if she ever sleeps, she said, “I haven’t been sleeping much, but I’m working on it.” Like everything else she works on, she will likely eventually succeed at that, too. This is Aamira Garba, winemaker. Know her name. Look for her wines. She is working constantly to not just make a name for herself, but to continue to make really good wine for her community, which is open to everyone. Hank Zona writes regularly about wine, spirits and a range of other topics such as food and culture. He also has been running wine and spirits events of all sorts for over a decade. This article originally appeared in the Winter 2021 issue of Jersey’s Best. Subscribe here for in-depth access to everything that makes the Garden State great. Let me know if you have questions or anything else you would like me to know. Thanks! Hank

Sharing Some Real Estate Inspirational Quotes

“He is not a full man who does not own a piece of land.” - Hebrew proverb “Real estate is not only the best way, the quickest way, the safest way, but the only way to become wealthy.” - Marshall Field, American entrepreneur and founder of Marshall Field and Company “I would give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground.” - William Shakespeare, English poet, playwright, and actor “Owning a home is a keystone of wealth -- both financial affluence and emotional security.” - Suze Orman, financial advisor and motivational speaker “Ninety percent of all millionaires become so through owning real estate. More money has been made in real estate than in all industrial investments combined. The wise young person or wage-earner of today invests their money in real estate.” - Andrew Carnegie, industrialist and philanthropist “Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president of the United States." Mark Slade Keller Williams 917.797.5059 Good Homes Selling a Maplewood/South Orange/West Orange 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 I am also a Luxury specialist (CLHMS), I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying and selling process. Not only does this extra training help me better understand this upper echelon in real estate, its benefit include a special luxury website: www.njluxhomes.com and a corresponding worldwide luxury network that helps to put luxury buyers and sellers together. As your Maplewood/South Orange/ West Orange New Jersey listing agent I am well versed on as your local expert in all things in the West Orange, 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. Don’t forget These Helpful Sites: www.bedroomcommunitiesofnyc.com www.njluxhomes.com www.bedroomcommunitiesofnyc.com www.goodhomesforgoodpeople.com www.unioncountyproperties.com Mark Slade
Let's work together to find you find your Dream Home! MAPLEWOOD
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. Let's work together to find you your Dream Home! HOME.COMMUNITY.GIVING.GRATITUDE SOUTH ORANGE
A Brief History of South Orange South Orange is a quaint residential community boasting authentic Tudor, Colonial, and Victorian homes, streets dotted with gaslights, beautiful parks, and a bustling Village center. The history of our town dates back to May 21, 1666, when Connecticut settlers landed on the shores of the Passaic River. Guided by Captain Robert Treat and Lieutenant Samuel Swaine, the group purchased land, now known as Newark, from the Lenni Lenape Indians on July 11, 1666. Those families wishing to farm moved westward into South Orange and surrounding areas. In 1678, the Lenapes sold the settlers a second parcel of land running from the East Branch of the Rahway River to the mountain top. South Orange Avenue, an Indian trail, served as the main thoroughfare. But in 1705, road statutes required landowners to maintain the first primitive highways. These included Main Street and Valley and Ridgewood roads. Washington and his troops often traversed the latter during the American Revolution. The mode of transportation graduated from horseback, to ox-cart, to stage coach. Then in 1836, the Morris and Essex Railroad developed a single track between the Village and Orange and operated a horse-drawn cart. A year later the line was extended and two cars were pulled by a wood-burning steam locomotive. The advent of the railroad established South Orange as a suburb of Newark and a summer resort. Just after the railroad was continued through to Hoboken in 1868, the Village began its rapid transformation from a rude settlement of farms and mills to a polished residential railroad suburb of New York and Newark. Swamps were drained, roads were constructed and gas lines were laid in the 1890s. Sewers and running water were later added. Street lamps in the town's center burned sperm oil until 1860 when gas service became available. Electric power was brought into the Village about 1888, although most of the streets are still lit by gas lamps. The first telephone exchange was opened in Orange on December 6, 1879. In 1899, a Village central office was established. The transition of South Orange from vast farm lands to a prestigious residential community is due in large part to the vision of one man, New York attorney John Gorham Vose. Taken with the rich mountain scenery, he purchased a home on Scotland Road in 1858. In 1862, he began to buy large plots of land to begin his conversion. As building got underway, Villagers took great interest in the development of each magnificent home. In just a few years, 175 acres between Scotland Road and Center Street were complete. Vose christened the area Montrose. Other successful businessmen, Turrell, Kingman, Connett, Mead, Speir, and Mayhew, also bought farms, carved out streets, and helped change the face of the community. The Village Hall, built in 1894, housed the fire department until 1930 when it was moved to Sloan and First Streets. The police department then moved from its 1872 building just west of the railroad into the newly vacated space in Village Hall. In March, 1972, a separate police station and Municipal Court building on South Orange Avenue was completed. The first U.S. Post Office was opened in 1841 in Freeman's Store at 71 South Orange Avenue but the Postmaster reported "receipts so dreadfully small" that business was suspended. In 1843, another office was opened to serve the thirty families nearby. In all, six different sites were used until 1937 when our present first class Post Office was opened on Vose Avenue in a new building of its own. Free mail delivery started in 1899. Built about 1680, the Stone House is the oldest in the Village and is still standing on South Orange Avenue near Grove Road. The colonial house at 167 North Ridgewood Road was built by Henry Squier in 1774 and acquired by William Redmond when he bought the Squier farm in 1850. Later the house was leased to a dairyman named Flood who pastured his cows in what is now Meadowland Park. Flood's Hill in the park, used for winter coasting, was named for this family. William Redmond built the brownstone mansion for his home which is used today by the Orange Lawn Tennis Club. Another landmark, said to have been built around 1830 and standing until after 1881 when it was destroyed by fire, was The Mountain House, a fashionable water-cure supervised by two physicians, where spring water piped down the mountain to it, was thought beneficial. A large wooden structure with two wings, set in spacious grounds on Ridgewood Road, at the foot of the present Glenside Road, the hotel accommodated 150 guests. Mr. Lord of Lord & Taylor owned it in 1850 and leased it to G. Baird. The Eclipse Stage Line operated in 1830 between the hotel and Newark. Today the sole reminders of the resort are Mountain Station and Mountain House Road, both established to accommodate hordes of visitors who once flocked here. South Orange was part of Newark until 1806, when what is now the Oranges and Maplewood were set off as "Orange Township." The name Orange came into use in the second half of the 18th century, and was officially adopted by a meeting of the inhabitants in 1780. The name South Orange first appeared in print in a newspaper ad in 1793 in "Wood's Gazette." It replaced such old names as Chestnut Hill and the Mountain Plantation. Village government has changed dramatically from theocracy to democracy since the 1600's. In 1776, there were only a cluster of houses, a grist mill, a black-smith shop, a store or two and a tavern but South Orange inhabitants were united in defense of home and country. In 1872, civic indifference reached a peak when only 235 votes were cast in a presidential election. Population has steadily increased: 7,200 in 1920, 13,000 in 1928 and over 16,300 in 1995. The creation of the South Orange Township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature in 1861, led to the granting of the Village Charter in 1869, but not until 1872 was it given authorization to levy taxes and borrow money. In 1904, complete separation of Village and Township was effected by action of the State Legislature, after South Orange had agreed to remain in the school district. A copy of the 1869 Charter and its amendments, variances and supplements was printed in 1906. In November, 1977, South Orange voters passed a new Charter for South Orange and changed its name to The Township of South Orange Village.

Friday, June 7, 2024

9 Highland Pl # 5 Maplewood Twp., NJ 07040

Property Site: https://tour.corelistingmachine.com/home/RYF6FD/9-Highland-Pl-%23-5-Maplewood-Twp.-NJ-3906134
Now is your chance to live in Maplewood and enjoy everything this award-winning village has to offer. This Studio is in the heart of Maplewood Village where you can find great dining, shops and more. Equally important, you would be all of 2 short blocks from the NJ Transit Train Station where you can take advantage of Mid-Town Direct Trains to NYC. Just on the other side of the train station, you will find Maplewoods Memorial Park, designed by the Olmstead brothers who also designed Central Park, where you can enjoy tennis, basketball, a playground, two fields and a duck pond to relax by. For your convenience, heat is included in the rent. This vintage looking building has only 4 apartments all on 2nd floor.
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Price: $1,500

For more information about this property, please contact MARK SLADE at 973-762-5400 or sladehomes@gmail.com. You can also text 8457820 to 67299 (Message and Data Rates May Apply, see terms and privacy policy).

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MLS ID: 3906134

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Saturday, May 25, 2024

Maplewood Pool Opens Today!


Have you registered for the Maplewood Community Pool yet?  If not, now is the time!

We are ‘soft’ opening on Saturday, May 25th!

You can register via our online system at https://maplewood.recdesk.com/Community/Membership, or at the Recreation Department tomorrow from 9am – 4:30pm or at the pool this weekend. 
Saturday, Sunday, Monday hours:  12pm to 6pm
Guest pass fees are $25 adult, $15 youth  [with a current registered pool user].  Up to 5 guests are allowed per adult, per day.
Please note:  The Snack Bar will NOT be opened this weekend, but will open soon for our season!   We are also awaiting installation of our new permanent shade structures, so temporary shade structures are up for our soft opening.