new jersey: Rebuilding a Better Jersey Shore - Analyzing & Interpreting Proposed FEMA Flood Elevation Maps - 12/14/12 10:12 PM
Rebuilding a Better Jersey Shore - Analyzing & Interpreting Proposed FEMA Flood Elevation MapsAs promised the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has released the proposed Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFE) for 10 of New Jersey's 21 counties.You can check out this map for the southern end of Little Egg Harbor.For northern Little Egg Harbor and Tuckerton flood elevations this is the map panel.These are just recommendations, but will likely guide municipal officials because compliance will lower flood insurance rates for residents.  According to municipal officials in southern Ocean County and northern Atlantic County, homeowners that suffered damage exceeding 50% of the … (4 comments)

new jersey: Could Just Peachy Salsa Be the Answer to Feeding the Hungry - 08/01/12 11:45 PM
Could Just Peachy Salsa Be the Answer? 
Feeding the Hungry & Helping Farmers in South Jersey
The Food Bank of South Jersey and the Campbell Soup Company have developed an innovative program which could become a model for charities and businesses to expand funding raising options.
The program has the food bank collecting small or blemished peaches from the Eastern Pro-Pak Farmers’ Co-op of Gloucester County and taking some of them to Campbell.
The Company is then creating Just Peachy Salsa using other donated ingredients and donated jars.  Campbell’s donated the Salsa recipe and the manufacturing in a … (10 comments)

new jersey: All Housing Market Trend Reports Are Not Equal! - 02/25/12 07:38 PM

All Housing Market Trend Reports Are Not Equal! 
The Jersey Shore means many places to many people.  It could be a family vacation home on Long Beach Island or a bungalow in Ocean Gate. Ask anyone who lives here, they won’t tell you I’m from north or south Jersey.  They’ll tell you they live ‘down the shore’. This presents a problem when examining housing market trends in New Jersey.  Ocean County (my part of the Jersey Shore) is poorly represented in the data. The National Association of Realtors (NAR®) uses local market trend reports, but how accurate are they? Well consider NAR® reports only … (13 comments)

new jersey: NJ Scores Low...Take This NJ...Let's Change That! - 11/30/11 04:41 AM
And take that we will…from the ‘What Exit’ jokes to attorneys vs chemical plants…the Garden State has been at the brunt of many jokes.  This one’s for real ... We’re rich according to tax rates but do we expect too much?  We, New Jersey, are listed as 14th out of a list of 15 as the worst run states.
" New Jersey
State debt per capita: $6,551 (6th highest) Pct. without health insurance: 13.2 percent (21st lowest) Pct. below poverty line: 9.5 percent (4th lowest) Unemployment: 9.2 percent (15th highest)
Despite having the second highest median household in the country, New Jersey … (9 comments)

new jersey: Flag Day...Little Known New Jersey History! - 06/12/11 05:26 AM
Flag Day is celebrated every June 14th (this Tuesday) in the United States.  Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.   I don't want to rewrite history, but a little American Flag research indicates it's likely that Francis Hopkinson of New Jersey designed the 1777 flag while he was the Chairman of the Continental Navy Board's Middle Department, sometime between his appointment to that position in November 1776 and the time that the flag resolution was adopted in June 1777. This contradicts the … (5 comments)

new jersey: Voter Registration Deadline Nears for New Jersey Primary - 05/06/11 08:07 AM
All 120 seats in the New Jersey Legislature are up for grabs this year, in addition to many seats on municipal committees, and May 17th is the registration deadline to vote in the June 7th Primary Election. New Jersey voter registration forms are available here.  Follow this link to access the online voter registration form.  You can fill out the form on line, print it, sign it and mail.  As long as this form is postmarked by the May 17th deadline, it will be accepted. To vote in a Primary Election you've got to declare a party. If you are undeclared you … (0 comments)

new jersey: New Jersey's Public Finances-See for Yourself! - 04/27/11 01:00 AM
New Jersey's Public Finances-See for Yourself!
New Jerseyan's want transparancy in government.  So, as promised, Governor Chris Christie recently launched a website that provides the public with data that makes it easier to understand New Jersey’s public finances.   Included on this website, www.YourMoney.NJ.Gov, is an interactive map that displays the Garden States’ 3.1 million property tax assessment records. With the new property tax feature,  you can check individual records in your town or community, jump from record to record and compare assessments and taxes from one town to another. Records detail the address, block and lot number, property class, owner … (21 comments)

new jersey: When You Put It That Way, Winter's No So Bad! - 01/09/11 11:46 AM
                                                                                                                                                        Fall, Little Egg Harbor NJ                        Winter, Little Egg Harbor NJ "If we had no winter, the spring would not … (12 comments)

new jersey: Out With the Old & In With the New-Little Egg Harbor Municipal Reorganization - 12/31/10 02:35 AM
Out with the old and in with the new!  That old New Year expression takes on special meaning here in New Jersey. Tomorrow and throughout the coming week most of New Jersey's 566 municipalities will reorganize. In Little Egg Harbor, Township Committeemen Eugene Kobryn and Edward Nuttall will be sworn in at noon January 1st, and the municipal reorganization meeting will begin immediately thereafter at Town Hall at 665 Radio Road.   Little Egg Harbor operates under the 'Township' form of government in New Jersey.  That means voters elect, at-large, 5 Township committee members.  Their terms are staggered and it is … (5 comments)

new jersey: Outsmarting New Jersey Deer on Your Thanksgiving Treks - 11/23/10 11:18 AM
If you’re travelling this Thanksgiving weekend, be safe.  Remember here in New Jersey, like everywhere, deer are on the move!  So I’ve found some driving tips for avoiding a collision with a deer.  I also threw in a little information about Jersey deer.   Be aware of your surroundings, especially around dusk and dawn.  Jersey deer are either going out to the club (dusk) or returning home from the club (dawn).   Drive at a safe speed, especially in areas with deer warning signs. These signs are strategically placed in areas known to be frequented by wildlife.  And New Jersey deer … (21 comments)

new jersey: Cause for a Double Take in New Jersey! - 10/22/10 01:15 AM
Some call New Jersey the Garden State some call it the Soprano State, giving a nod to our rich history of organized crime and corruption. You can call it what you will, but I call it home.  
New Jerseyans think they've seen everything...but sometimes we have to do a double take!
.. Happy Halloween! … (19 comments)

new jersey: Mortgage Assistance for New Jersey's Unemployed & Underemployed - 09/28/10 10:48 PM
There will soon be state mortgage assistance for New Jersey's unemployed and underemployed. New Jersey will be receiving $112 million in federal funding for anti-foreclosure assistance to help struggling homeowners. The allocation will be distributed to the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) through the Hardest-Hit Fund, a federal foreclosure-prevention initiative.
The New Jersey Home Keeper (NJHK) program, will be launched in January, 2011.  It will be administered through the HMFA and is designed to assist unemployed and underemployed homeowners in New Jersey make their monthly mortgage payments for up to 24 months.    Since 2006, foreclosures have skyrocketed nearly 200 … (5 comments)

new jersey: New Jersey History...Hollywood Style! - 09/17/10 09:56 PM
New Jersey has been a hit on TV in recent years, starting with the The Soprano's and the current glut of reality shows based in NJ. This Sunday, HBO is doing it one better with the premier of 'Boardwalk Empire'.  

I must point out here The Soprano's was not reality TV, like MTV's Jersey Shore, Bravo's New Jersey Housewives, or E's Jerseylicous!

'Boardwalk Empire' is directed by Martin Scorsase and is based on history and the book, Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City.  The screenplay is from the Soprano's writer and producer Terrance … (8 comments)

new jersey: We're New Jersey & Proud of It! - 06/22/10 02:55 AM
We're mad as hell, and can't take it anymore! A humorous take on Garden State life!Many New Jersey residents have put up with Jersey Jokes (what exit, etc) their whole lives and have learned to ignore the boorish comments.  But some residents and business people have had enough and created a website to express Garden State Pride!  The site — — is designed to rally those who are tired of the putdowns about pollution, wisecracks about wise guys, and cheap (but often true) shots about corruption. With companion Facebook and Twitter pages, state residents can sound off online in defense … (9 comments)

new jersey: Mandatory REALTOR® Continuing Education Moves Forward in the NJ Legislature! - 12/14/09 08:21 PM
Mandatory REALTOR® Continuing Education Moves Forward in the NJ Legislature!The New Jersey Senate Commerce Committee Monday approved bill A-3099/S-2068, providing for mandatory continuing education (CE) for real estate brokers, broker-salespersons and salespersons.This legislation represents has been two years in the making, with the New Jersey Association of REALTORS®calling it a commonsense measure that will benefit both consumers consumers and REALTORS®. The legislation, A-3099/S-2068, mandates that at least 16 continuing education hours will be required as a condition for license renewal. The measure provides that, upon the approval of an appointed advisory panel, continuing education courses may be delivered in a classroom setting or via … (5 comments)

new jersey: REALTOR Continuing Education Requirements Possible in NJ's Lame Duck Legislature - 12/09/09 08:41 PM
REALTOR Continuing Education Requirements Possible in NJ's Lame Duck Legislature.
A bill requiring continuing professional education for New Jersey REALTORS could become law before Governor-elect Christie takes office in January.  At least that's the optimistic outlook of 2010 New Jersey Association of REALTORS President Judy Appleby.New Jersey currently hold the dubious honor of being the only state with no continuing professional education standards for REALTORS.Sworn in this week at the Triple Play REALTORS Convention, Appleby noted the brighter outlook for real estate in 2010 and the hope that New Jersey will soon join every other state in the nation and require on-going professional education … (5 comments)

new jersey: Change for the Sake of Change? - 11/03/09 09:32 PM
The votes have been counted…it’s official.   New Jersey has a new Governor-elect, but exit polls reveal Garden State voters have little hope things will change!  Republican Chris Christie out polled incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine in voting yesterday with members of both political parties saying their most important concern was the economy and jobs. 
Second on their list of concerns is New Jersey’s high property and income taxes.  What’s most interesting though is that when asked who had a viable tax reform proposal, New Jersey voters said no one!  So is the outcome of this election change for the sake of change?

new jersey: New Jersey's Disappointing Gubernatorial Campaign! - 11/01/09 10:33 PM
As the New Jersey gubernatorial campaign winds down, I'm left to reflect on yet another down and dirty Democrat versus Republican battle.This year's campaign was dominated by scare tactics and the deceptive wording of campaign messages, something not new to New Jersey politics.What was new this year was a formidable Independent candidate, who didn't catch the attention of the trade associations and the public early enough to garner the support he deserves.  For example, even though the Independent received public campaign financing, the New Jersey Association of REALTORS (NJAR) did not include him on their gubernatorial website.  (You'll need your NERDS … (5 comments)

new jersey: New Jersey's Divided Attention - 10/28/09 11:17 PM
Politics has always been considered sport in New Jersey.  From our locally elected Boards of Chosen Freeholders to our off year gubernatorial elections, New Jersey voters seem to relish our down and dirty campaigns.But this year, our gubernatorial election scheduled for Tuesday, November 3rd, will have to vie for voter attention.  You see as much as we love a good political fight, we also love battling among ourselves in a north-south showdown of Philadelphia and New York teams!So lining up on one side you have South Jersey (roughly Trenton and south) cheering their Phillies, and our neighbors to the north doing … (6 comments)

new jersey: Manners Matter in New Jersey! - 07/17/09 02:06 AM
You certainly can't say we in New Jersey aren't polite.  If you've driven in New Jersey, you might think we're impatient and impolite.  That's just not true, as long as you follow our rules of the road.  But in almost all other aspects of life in New Jersey, we watch our manners.Take for example a burglar chased from a home in Raway, NJ (north and west of my corner of the Jersey Shore).  The suspect dropped the backpack he had stuffed with a couple of laptops and an Xbox when the homeowner caught him in the act and gave chase!  That was … (7 comments)

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