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Chatham Township Receives Largest Grant in NJ for Safe Routes

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The federally funded Safe Routes to School program recently awarded Chatham Township its highest grant available to towns in New Jersey – a whopping $578,000 will be used to improve sidewalks in the area, in order to provide a safer environment for children to walk to school.

The funding will be used to build new sidewalks on the east side of Lafayette Avenue from Lafayette Avenue School to Watchung Avenue and on the south side of Spring Street from Lafayette Avenue to the Southern Boulevard School path entrance on Dale Drive.

In 2014, nearly $6 million in grants were awarded to municipalities that actively worked to improve pedestrian and bicycle routes, encouraged residents to walk or bike, and educated students K- 8 about the environmental and health benefits of these humbler forms of transport.

Chatham proved to be one of the leading townships in the state to encourage walking and biking. The SRTS Committee organized monthly Walk to School Days, tracked how students travel to and from school, collected data on traffic accidents near schools, and organized police and safety presentations. The committee received free guidance from TransOptions, as part of the program.

Andrew Lappitt, the TransOptions SRTS coordinator, in currently helping several New Jersey communities, including New Providence and Millburn, as they strive to improve their sidewalks, and refers to Chatham as “our model school district.” “Whenever we do outreach we bring examples (of Chatham’s work) because it is so comprehensive and so good.”

Even before it received this hefty grant, Chatham was already making extensive improvements to its pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure, including sidewalk repairs, new crosswalks and signs, enhancements to walking paths, and additional crossing guards.

“Encouraging and enabling more students to walk or bike to school helps alleviate environmental and traffic problems, and is better for the overall health of our students,” wrote Superintendent Michael LaSusa in a letter supporting the sidewalks.

The SRTS Committee encourages residents to provide feedback on this issue or any other issues regarding safe commutes to school.  Please visit the committee’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/csrts.org?fref=ts

Enter the Maplewood Gardening Contest!

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Spring is in the air. Flowers bloom, green has replaced the white of winter, and what better way to celebrate this greenery than to pull out the weeds and cultivate a garden? The Maplewood Artist Collective, a local group of volunteers working to bring art-oriented events to the community, is excited to host its first 2015 Gardening Contest, and wants you to join!

The contest will begin on May 1 and is open to all Maplewood residents who personally maintain a bed, vegetable, or container garden. If you are interested, you can post photos of your garden online at www.gardensofmaplewoood.com. Photos will remain up for the public to view until July 17.

Gardens will be separated into categories: bed, edible and container, and additional runner categories. This year’s group of judges includes Mayor Vic DeLuca, Karen Donovan 9president of Maplewood Garden Club) and Joy Yagid (president of Maplewood Community Garden). They will pick the winners and award them generous prizes that are sponsored by the Vanessa Pollack Keller-Williams team. Additionally, a “Viewer’s Choice” winner will receive an award based on online votes.

For more information about the Maplewood Artist Collective and our other events please contact Kim Reed at kreed177@gmail.com or visit our website at www.maplewoodartistcollective.com

 

Mid-Town Direct Train Line Schools Ranked “Best in New Jersey”

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U.S. News Report recently conducted its annual survey of schools throughout the nation. The report evaluated over 21, 000 public high schools, basing their ranks on the schools’ performances on state assessments and how well they prepare their students for college. Many public high schools in  Essex, Union and Morris Counties ranked among the top in the state. Click here to see the complete list. http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/new-jersey

Eight schools in Union County made the list: including Summit Senior High School, New Providence High School, Westfield Senior High school, Elizabeth High School, Union County Magnet High School, Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy, Academy For Allied Health Sciences, and the Academy for Information Technology. The publication awarded 500 schools nationwide gold medals, 2,027 schools silver and 3,990 bronze. 27 New Jersey schools received gold medals, 31 silver, and 41 bronze. Summit Senior High School, Union county Magnet High School, and Elizabeth High School all received gold medals.

Academy For Allied Health Sciences, Academy for Information Technology, New Providence, Westfield and Alexander Hamilton Prep were all awarded silver medals.

In Essex County, Millburn High School and  in Morris County, Chatham High School ranked high on the list, and both received gold medals as well.

According to the report, the top school in New Jersey is Biotechnology High School in Freehold, which was ranked #19 nationally.

 

Dining Hotspots in Chatham!

It’s spring, and that means it’s time to breathe in the warm, sweet air and eat your heart out — out of your house! Whether you live in Chatham or are just visiting, your stomach and taste buds will thank you for the excursion to these excellent eating establishments.

Breakfast:

fairmount country storeFairmount Country Store:   Since the 1940’s, the Fairmount Country Store has been a cherished mainstay of the Chatham community. With long tables, wooden benches, and an open, airy space, this store and restaurant is well known for its ‘egg’-ceptional egg dishes, such as the eggs benedict and a long list of omelets, which you can enjoy in a casual and friendly environment. Menu

 

 

 

 

aida's cozy kitchenAida’s Cozy Kitchen: Many customers have described Aida’s as a wonderful “surprise.” Why? Because this little restaurant not only serves delicious breakfast food with a Lebanese twist (try their scrambled eggs with feta and sausage!) but an entire, separate Lebanese menu full of dishes and dips to share. Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet, like baklava, or something savory, like hummus, stuffed grape leaves, or tabouleh, Aida’s diverse menu will satisfy your cravings (no matter the time of day).   Menu

 

noah's bagelsNoah’s Bagels: When a bagel place has a line out the door, its food is probably worth waiting for. Such is the case with Noah’s, which offers a wide variety of bagels baked fresh on the premises and even more toppings to choose from. The Taylor ham, egg, and cheese bagel sandwich is a town favorite.   They even make custom bagels! Best of all, if your spread of choice is simply cream cheese or butter, you get a free side: potato salad, mac & cheese, or coleslaw. Now that’s a way to start the day! Menu

 

Lunch:

pascarellla brosPascarella Brothers Delicatessen: The subs at Pascarella are so good, they have brought some customers to tears. Particularly those who are gluten-free and had spent months and years thinking they were outcast from the world of delicious sandwiches. To them, and all other sandwich lovers, Pascarella opens its doors. Their gluten-free sandwiches are considered, by many, to be the best ever, and their gluten-full sandwiches receive just as much praise. Menu

 

slider2Chatham Sandwich Shop: For over 30 years, this beloved neighborhood deli has been serving residents and visitors alike high-quality, overstuffed sandwiches made with fresh cold cuts and homemade spreads. Some people swear by a single sandwich for years, only to find that the rest of the options on the menu deserve just as much space in their hearts and stomachs. Equally renowned for their friendly service and catering as for their delicious food, the Chatham Sandwich shop turns casual customers into regulars as fast as they can make a sub.   Menu

marie'sMarie’s Italian Specialties: Recently featured on The Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives,” Marie’s is no longer one of Chatham’s best-kept secrets. This restaurant serves five-star quality Italian dishes that are, according to one Yelp reviewer, “humanly impossible” to finish in one sitting. Customers praise “everything” on the menu, highlighting anything that is doused in Marie’s homemade vodka sauce. We highly recommend you make a reservation beforehand (this place gets busy!) and if you can, save room for a cannoli. Menu

 

Dinner:

rivergrilleRiver Grille: A hopping bar with gourmet food and reasonable prices? Believe it. At the River Grille, you can enjoy excellent pub faire and a fancy cocktail in a stylish setting, complete with high ceilings, marbleized columns, and minimalist paintings.   Their creative menu offers options ranging from French to Asian cuisine, as well as traditional American bar food.   Try their Strawberry Salad, and be sure not to pass up their Belgian style French fries and hot mozzarella sticks.   Menu

 

brasaBrasa Grille: This family-owned Portuguese restaurant offers a multitude of authentic, char-grilled foods such as the Frango de Churrasco (Portuguese barbecued butterfly chicken),Costeletas Grelhadas (Baby Back Ribs). All sauces and dressings are made on the premises. While is place is charming, it is also tiny, so make sure to RVSP and also BYOB. Menu

 

scalinifedeliScalini Fedeli: With another location in Tribeca, New York, this is the second restaurant opened by uber-chef Michael Cetrulo. Constructed in a 260 year-old New Jersey farmhouse, the Chatham location features high-vaulted ceilings and antique pine floors and perfectly compliment the modern Italian (and French-inflected) cuisine. It comes as no surprise to us that Scalini Fedeli is considered the “go-to” spot for special occasions in New Jersey. Every meal is unforgettable and lingers in the mind as a warm memory.   Menu

 

New Listing For Sale: 101 Knollwood Rd, Short Hills, NJ 07078

FrontThe Sue Adler Team is honored to present our newest listing at 101 Knollwood Rd, Short Hills, NJ 07078 located in the heart of the Short Hills Park Historic District. Originally built in 1880 and affectionately titled “The Last Resort”, this sprawling vernacular shingle style colonial is #24 of the original Harthshorn development. Sitting majestically on over an acre of property, with lush greenery views from virtually every room, original period details are evident at every turn. A 2005 extensive renovation and home expansion of more than 4,000 square feet designed by respected architect John James, AIA, has only enhanced the appeal of this truly unique residence. Constructed by a builder for his own family, no detail has been overlooked. This home seamlessly blends the charm and elegance of a historic Hartshorn home with a modern floor plan and all the comforts and amenities suited to today’s lifestyle.

For more information call Sue Adler at 973-464-9129

Upon arrival, you will enter the spacious front to back entry foyer and instantly feel the openness and inner warmth of this ageless beauty. The soaring ceilings, quarter sawn oak herringbone floors with mahogany inlay borders and intricate woodwork details will give you your first taste of what the home has to offer. Proceed through a grand archway into the formal Living Room where Kitchenthe beautiful wavy glass windows and large wood-burning fireplace provide an elegant backdrop for festivities celebrated with family and friends. For a more intimate setting, you can proceed to the Parlor Room where the custom designed fireplace with intricately detailed woodwork surrounding a beveled mirror provides a stylish focal point for the room. Continue on into the large formal Dining Room for a gourmet meal in front of another decorative fireplace as soothing music emanates from the built-in sound system and the large windows provide stunning views of the backyard greenery. A magnificent carved wood archway and glass paned French doors with transom above lead you into the chefs dream Kitchen where top of the line appliances are seamlessly integrated into custom Heartland Woodworks cabinetry accented by fine granite countertops and attractive subway tile backsplash. Enjoy the convenience of the built-in wine refrigerator in the adjacent Butler’s Pantry featuring granite counters, a distinctive Honey Gold Onyx tile backsplash and glass fronted mahogany cabinets ideal for displaying your favorite serving pieces. Have a seat in the Breakfast Room for a quick snack before proceeding through French doors to the expansive bluestone patio overlooking sprawling lawns and gardens. After a long day of work, settle into the comfort of the spacious Family Room where an attractive coffered ceiling and large fireplace with Vermont slate hearth set the perfect tone for cozying up with a book or watching your favorite TV show. A spacious and bright Home Office, fully outfitted Mud Room with slate floors, 2 Powder Rooms, and plenty of storage including a walk-in coat closet complete the first level living space.

FamilyRoomWhen its time to retire for the night, you’ll stroll up one of 2 staircases to the second level where everyone will find his or her own personal retreat. Luxury surrounds you in the Master Suite as the flickering flames from the stately fireplace welcome you. The suite is impeccably designed with a comfortable Sitting Area, a Dressing Area with 2 enormous walk-in closets and a spa-like en suite Master Bath with His & Hers Vanities, a make-up table, a whirlpool tub with backyard views and a large marble tiled walk-in shower. 3 additional bedrooms, each with plenty of closet space and unique built-in storage along with 3 additional Full Baths and a Bonus Room just outside the Master Suite round out the second level. But there’s even more…proceed up the staircase to the third level to find 3 additional bedrooms with unique sloped ceilings (one currently used as an exercise room), a full Hall Bath, a walk-in cedar closet and walk-in access to expansive attic storage spaces.

WineCellarAnd that’s not all… The lower level addition includes a large Recreation Room with a massive stone fireplace and marble topped dry bar and an adjacent game area that provides convenient access to the backyard through decorative mullioned French doors. Uncork your favorite vintage in the 1500 bottle capacity temperature controlled Wine Cellar and “tasting room” – any wine lovers dream. A Utility Room extensively outfitted with cabinets and utility sinks as well as a workshop and potting area, a Powder Room and plenty of closet storage round out the lower level space. In addition, the 2,000-square foot Carriage House (oversized 3-car garage with unfinished second level) has limitless options for future use. And don’t forget to take notice of the extensive display of exotic perennials, magnificent trellised rose bushes and classic English style gardens abounding throughout the property.

RearWith its classic style, luxury modern renovations, park-like grounds and close proximity to world-class shopping, fine restaurants and a Blue Ribbon school district, 101 Knollwood Road is truly a one-of-a-kind home.

Please take a look at our listings page, there you will also find The Sue Adler Teams exclusive listings.  Communities rich in culture, fabulous restaurants and shopping with top-notch schools characterize towns like Millburn/Short HillsSummit,  Maplewood,  South Orange,  Madison,  Chatham,  Mendham,  Westfield and New Providence.

 

 

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Hundreds ‘Walk for Babies’ in Madison

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On Sunday, hundreds of people walked in the March of Dimes annual event “Walk for Babies” at Fairleigh Dickinson University. The event helped to raise money for programs that aid mothers to ensure a healthy pregnancy term. The funds raised from the walk are put toward supporting research for illnesses and other health issues that threaten the lives of newborns.

This year, over three million people in nearly 700 communities nationwide will participate in the walk and the March of Dimes organization has raised $2.3 million for the cause.  Organized groups and over 20,000 companies also walked in the event.

Throughout the country, the March of Dimes supports mothers, encouraging them to take leadership of their wellbeing and helping them in times of crisis or need. The organization also shares the fruits of its research internationally, so that other countries have awareness of the best prenatal health practices that help to improve birth outcomes.

Walk Chair Earl “Buddy” Pedersen, Financial Advisor at Langdon Ford Financial, said “We had a beautiful day for our 2015 March for Babies, the signature fundraising walkathon for the March of Dimes.  Last year in Morris County we raised over a quarter million dollars and are hoping to exceed our 2014 fundraising efforts today.”

To learn about the March of Dimes organization and how you can participate in future “March for Babies’ walks visit www.marchofdimes.org

 

Chatham Hosts Annual Trout Fishing Contest

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This past weekend, the Chatham Fire Department celebrated 50 years of fishing contests with the annual Small Fry Trout Fishing Contest at Kelly’s Pond. This event invited youngsters and their parents to participate in several fun traditions, such as pitching a tent and camping out on the site. Pete Heimrich’s smoker went full force throughout the weekend, and he treated participants to the “Cowboy Coffee” he made in a large metal coffee pot set on a grate of a BBQ grill. To make Cowboy Coffee, Heimrich poured into the boiling water raw eggs still in their shells until they were hard-boiled. Then, he pulled them out and dumped in a one-pound can of coffee to brew.   All of these traditions, of course, surrounded the main event of trout fishing, which went on from 8 a.m. o 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Kelly’s Pond.

This year, at least a dozen people camped out in tents and perhaps more slept in their cars. On Sunday, trophies were awarded for the biggest fish caught by boys and for the first time ever, for the biggest fish caught by girls. The girl’s trophy honors the memory of Carol Pierson-Atchison, who died since the last fishing derby. According to Firefighter Dan Casey, the largest fish caught weight one pound 13 ounces. Most of the fishers this year were girls, although some boys were seen along the bank of the pond as well. Children who caught tagged fish also received prizes. The number of fish with tagged is undisclosed.

 

Millburn High School Teachers Rank Best in New York Metro Area

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The Sue Adler Team is excited to report that Millburn High School is getting very good grades, and not just because its teachers give out so many to its bright and hard working students.   The school recently received an A+ average from Niche.com, a website that evaluates United States and Puerto Rican schools based on parent and teacher reviews and various other credentials. The site ranked Millburn High School as No. 1 in New Jersey for Best Teachers and a ranking of seventh best high school overall in the state. Millburn High was also only one of two high schools in New Jersey to be included in the Top 10 for Best Teachers. To view the complete list, visit “Best High School Teachers in the New York City Metro Area.” 

Niche.com evaluated 5886 public high schools in the New York City Metro Area, and based their rankings on over 920,000 teacher ratings from students and parents as well as key teaching statistics. From these various sources, the website determined that the teachers at Millburn High School are thoughtful and engaging, highly respected by both parents and students alike. They received a score of 4.2 out of five in the survey.

Other factors that were considered in the ranking included Academic Grades, Average Teacher Salary, Teacher Absenteeism, Teachers in Their First and Second Year and Student-Teacher Ratio.

“It’s important to focus on more than just the number in the ranking,” Niche.com said. “Given the high number of schools included in this ranking, there may not be a large gap between the 15th and 30th ranked schools. In reality, both are exceptional schools when compared to the total population of all high schools nationwide.”

With this in mind, Millburn High School represents the best of the best, maintaining the legacy of academic excellence it has kept for years. The school has been consistently ranked at the top of national and regional lists, and like any good and thriving institution, is always working to improve itself even more.

 

South Orange River Day is Coming in May!

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On Sunday, May 3, South Orange River Day is returning to town. Everyone is invited to participate in this annual community effort to clean up the town’s section of the Rahway River, celebrate South Orange, and encourage environmental education and awareness.

According to the event’s press release, festival participants from the past four years have removed over three tons of garbage from the river, where wildlife is finally beginning to flourish once again. Turtles nest on the banks, rare birds have returned, and schools of fish swim through the clean water. Thanks to the environmental awareness and education this program provides for its participants, more town residents have stopped the use of harmful herbicides and pesticides on their lawns, which run into the river and kill everything living in it. Since the start of River Day, they also litter less, because they are aware that garbage discarded on sidewalks, streets, and parking lots will travel to the river via storm drains and continue into the ocean, where it will seriously damage the ecosystems there, killing wildlife, fouling beaches, and contaminating fish they may eventually consume.

South Orange River Day headquarters will be located at the Skate House by the Duck Pond. “In addition to [a] taco truck, we will have River Yoga, Jersey Buzz Honey, a home composting demo, and students participating in a SOMS 7th grade science project on the river,” said South Orange Trustee Walter Clarke.

To become part of the fun, bring waterproof boots or comfortable shoes you don’t mind getting wet and fill out the waiver on the website to speed check in. The organizers will provide gloves and bags.

River Day is sponsored by the South Orange Environmental Commission. The Commission and its volunteers, the Green Team, are dedicated to improving the safety and quality of life in South Orange. Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m.. All residents are welcome.

If you have any questions please contact James McGowan, (862) 220-0019, or jcmcgowan@hotmail.com.

 

Two New Restaurants Come to South Orange!

You may know from a recent post that we at the Sue Adler Team are huge fans of South Orange restaurants. Maybe you even tried a few at the annual restaurant week that ended on the 19th. Well, we have good news. Two new excellent food destinations are about to come to town!

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Mara’s Café and Bakery is in its final stages of construction and will be open for business at the end of April. Recognized as the Best Coffeehouse in New Jersey, the franchise has also won multiple awards for its handcrafted gelato, cupcakes, cannoli, cheesecake, sandwiches, and more. Mara’s will serve fresh-roasted coffee and fresh-baked desserts, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which will be available for dine-in at their cool new location on South Orange Avenue or for take-out.

“We are so excited to become a part of the Mara’s family after being customers for more than 20 years,” said Will Eisenstein, who owns the franchise with his wife, Alyse. “Mara’s brand represents great award-winning products served in a comfortable environment. The location is convenient to businesses, shops, and theater. It will be the perfect place for friends and families to gather, or just get their coffee, desserts and meals on the go. We look forward to bringing a quality desserts and coffee to South Orange.”

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The Table is a brand new restaurant in South Orange Village Center specializing in Southern and Caribbean cuisine. Its menu is rife with lip-smackers such as baskets of sweet potato cornbread, Southern-style fried chicken, and spicy guava BBQ ribs. The dessert menu is no less impressive. Who wouldn’t save room for some blue velvet cake (and passion fruit crème brulee on the side?)?

Chef Alton Henry, who used to man at Da Kitchen in Maplewood, is enthused about the new, more spacious location, and has already booked numerous birthday parties, bar and bat mitzvahs, and other celebrations with the help of his event planning staff.

The Table just celebrated its ribbon cutting ceremony and is now officially opened. Try to beat the crowds!

 

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Copyright © 2015 Garden State Multiple Listing Service, L.L.C. All rights reserved.
Notice: The dissemination of listings on this website does not constitute the consent required by N.J.A.C. 11:5.6.1 (n) for the advertisement of listings exclusively for sale by another broker. Any such consent must be obtained in writing from the listing broker.
This information is being provided for Consumers' personal, non-commercial use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties Consumers may be interested in purchasing.
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