Chatham NJ Library will Host a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

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On Wednesday, 8/21, from noon until 4 pm, the Chatham NJ Library will host a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party. The Chatham NJ library will be playing NASA’s live stream in which you will be able to see both the full and partial eclipse. New Jersey will only see a partial eclipse. If you plan to look at the eclipse, please bring your own solar eclipse glasses as the library has already distributed all of theirs.

According to the Morris Museum Astronomical Society, the moon will begin to cover the sun at 1:22:02 pm. At 2:44:28 pm, the moon will reach its midpoint of 73% coverage which is the most coverage that will be visible in Morris County. The sun will be uncovered again at 4:00:59.

It is important to follow safety precautions if you plan to view the eclipse. It is very dangerous to look directly into the sun. Doing so could cause serious eye damage, even blindness. The only way to safely view the eclipsed sun, or even partially eclipsed sun, is through solar eclipse glasses that feature solar filters. Free glasses are being distributed by many of the Morris County libraries, and the Morris Museum is selling solar eclipse glasses in their gift shop. Using solar eclipse glasses is the only safe way to view the eclipse. If purchasing eclipse glasses online, make sure you are purchasing them from a NASA approved manufacturer.

Below find safety tips from NASA:

    1. Homemade filters or sunglasses are not safe for looking at the sun. Five manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar views meet international standards, and they are Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, TSE 17 and Baader Planetarium.
    2. Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After glancing at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
    3. Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device. Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury. Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars or any other optical device.

If you are planning a move to Chatham NJ, please contact me! I’d love to show you any of the homes for sale. For a FREE copy of our town snapshots, give us a call or send us an email! We can be reached by phone at 973-637-0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. To learn more about Chatham NJ, click here. For great real estate information, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Millenials Are Buying Homes with Their Dogs in Mind

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According to a recent article on How Stuff Works.com, more millennials are buying homes with their dogs in mind! A 2016 study done my Mintel shows that 7 in 10 male millennials and 3 in 5 female millennials own dogs. In another survey completed by Harris Poll and SunTrust Mortgage, released late last month, it was found that as many as 33 percent of millennials who purchased their first home say they purchased a home to have more space and a better yard for their dogs. Additional survey results show that millennials are happy to spend money on their pooches, too. 76% of millennials say they like to splurge on such items as custom beds and expensive treats for their furry friends.

In a recent Facebook Live event, Shannon met with Laura Delli Paoli to talk to her about some of her favorite places in the area to take her dogs, as well as the reasons why she, as a millennial, purchased a home in the suburbs for a better life for her dogs. Click here to see the blog post.

If you are interested in making a move to the suburbs and are looking for the perfect home for you and your pooch, please contact me! I’d love to show you some of the fantastic homes for sale! You can reach me by phone at 973-637-0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. For more great real estate information, including more information about Millennials and home ownership, please remember to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Let’s Talk about Dogs

Let’s talk about dogs! In a recent Facebook Live event, Shannon met with Laura Delli Paoli at 75 Hemlock Road in Short Hills NJ to talk about millennials and dog ownership. Shannon stated that a recent survey said that 33% of millennials are buying a home and moving out to the suburbs for their dogs (She Shannon’s blog post later this week to learn more about the article). Laura talked about how she feels that having a dog or pet can really increase your quality of life in so many ways and help us to establish relationships, especially if you are relocating. Laura personally relocated to the suburbs from the city. When she relocated, Laura met many people while she was walking her dogs and doing other activities with her dogs. Those people have now become friends. Shannon said she has several friends whose spouses meet up religiously to walk their dogs together. Their weekly dog walks have really helped the group to grow and bond together. Laura said moving to the suburbs and having a place to be able to get outside and play with her dogs has been a real stress reliever for her when she comes home from a busy day at work. Living in the suburbs makes it easy to do that. She said she enjoys taking her dog on a walk in the neighborhood and maybe meeting up with someone else to walk their dogs together.

As far as local dog parks, Laura enjoys taking her dogs, Wrigley and Scout, to Echo Lake Park in Mountainside. She said it’s a quiet, friendly, safe environment in which to walk her dogs. She also likes taking the dogs to the beach seasonally. Some dog-friendly beaches include Island Beach State Park just South of Asbury Park. It is a well-regulated beautiful beach. Sandy Hook has a great bay that allows dogs. She believes they are open all year long. Other favorite places include Hacklebarney State Park with well-maintained trails. She said there are plenty of places to choose from depending on the energy level of your dog. Laura said she really loves Round Valley as well. She said dogs are allowed in the sporting and boating area. She suggested checking BringFido.com to see what dog-friendly areas are near you. Also remember to visit Shannon’s Facebook page for more information.

Shannon and Laura talked about safe lawn care when you have pets. Laura suggested using an organic lawn care company. Something that is mindful of non-toxic chemicals. Laura recommended Murray Hill as a veterinarian. They are located in New Providence, NJ and have a wide range of doctors. Laura also loves VIPuppy in Summit NJ. VIPuppy offers grooming services, day care, and overnight care. She recommended Faux Paws pet shop in Summit NJ for food, treats, and pet supplies.

For more great information, please contact Shannon Aronson. You can reach her by email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com or by phone at 973-637-0004. Please also remember to visit her website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Make a Small Room Appear Bigger

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If you are trying to make a small room look bigger, be sure to avoid these common mistakes. According to an article on HouseLogic.com, the following changes people make to their small rooms, in an effort to make them appear bigger, actually do the opposite! For the full article, visit the HouseLogic.com website.

1. Ceiling Lights
Overhead lighting illuminates the room and, therefore, emphasizes its size. When working with a small room, placing lights in various areas will draw the eye to different spots, hence making the room not appear as small. Both table and floor lamps work well.

2. Painting Every Room a Wildly Different Color
If you have a larger home, each room can be its own color; However, in a smaller home, making rooms different colors is not a good idea. In a smaller space, its a great idea to stick with one color palette and use a few different colors within that palette.

3. Sliding-Glass Shower Doors
Using glass doors as your tub enclosure is essentially like putting up a permanent wall. By dividing the space in your bathroom, it is actually making it appear smaller. HouseLogic suggests adding a glass panel that goes one-third to halfway across the tub to give the room a more open feel.

4. Filled-Up Rooms
Keeping your room clutter-free will make it appear larger. If you think of the size of your room in terms of cubic feet vs. square feet, you will start to see that the more bulk you put in your room (ie: large sofas, knick-knacks, etc), the smaller it will appear.

5. The Stark, Dark Kitchen Look
Having dark colored cabinets in your kitchen can make it look smaller. On the contrary, lighter cabinets reflect light, and make the room look bigger. If you really love the dark cabinets, make sure all the walls in your kitchen are white. If you don’t have much wall space in your kitchen, and your kitchen is mostly made up of cabinets, go for the lighter color if you want your room to look bigger.

For more great real estate information, including insider tips, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com. Thinking of buying a home? We’d love to help! Contact us to set up a showing! If you’d like more information about Millburn Short Hills and surrounding towns, please contact us for a FREE copy of our town snapshots. You can reach us by phone at 973-637-0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com.

Eagle Rock Reservation

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Bike trails, walking trails, bridle trails . . . you name it, Eagle Rock Reservation has it! Situated on 408 acres and bordering West Orange, Verona, and Montclair, Eagle Rock Reservation boasts an extensive trail system.

The Olmsted brothers, who also designed Central Park in Manhattan, designed Eagle Rock Reservation in the late 1800′s. After the land was first purchased in 1895 and Frederick Law Olmsted created a preliminary design for Eagle Rock Reservation, the reservation was further developed in the early 1900′s by the Olmsted Firm. Eagle Rock Reservation got it’s name “when bald eagles were said to nest in the rocky cliffs on the eastern edge.”

What is now the Highlawn Pavilion restaurant was, at one time, an old casino built on the reservation in 1911. Back then, a “casino” referred to an Italian-style summer house. Lookout Point offers an amazing view of the New York skyline.

The popularity of Eagle Rock Reservation as a picnicking spot in the late 1800′s led to the trolley line being put in place at the foot of Eagle Rock Avenue.  Those who took the trolley to the foot of Eagle Rock had to climb the last 100 feet or so up a path constructed on the side of the cliff if they wanted to enjoy the spectacular views offered at the top.

In 2004, the Eagle Rock Conservancy was formed.  Their goal is to maintain, protect, and restore the Eagle Rock Reservation via maintenance to the trail, fundraising, and raising awareness.

If you are planning a move to our wonderful area, please contact us for a FREE copy of our town snapshots.  You can reach us at 973-637-0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com.  To search homes for sale, click here.  For great real estate information, please visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

 

Turtle Back Zoo Continues “Zoo-vies” Through August

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Turtle Back Zoo, located in West Orange, NJ, will continue their Family Nights on Wednesday nights through August. During Family Nights, the Turtle Back Zoo presents “Zoo-vies”, animal related movies shown on the top floor of the Turtle Back Zoo parking deck. The Turtle Back Zoo has extended hours until 8:30 pm during Family Nights with the last admission being at 8 pm.

Families attending Zoo-vies should bring chairs or blankets.  Admission to the movies is free (you do not have to purchase admission to the zoo), and the Zoo-vies begin at dusk. In the event of rain, the movies will be cancelled.

Scheduled Zoo-vies for August are:

Wednesday, 8/2: Ferngully: The Last Rain Forest
Wednesday, 8/9: How to Train Your Dragon
Wednesday, 8/17: Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom
Wednesday, 8/23: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Wednesday, 8/30: Moana

The Turtle Back Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission prices are as follows: Children and senior citizens $12; Adults are $15 and children under 2 years of age are free.

The Turtle Back Zoo is one of the gems located in the Millburn Short Hills area. If you are interested in making a move to Millburn Short Hills, West Orange, or any other surrounding communities, please contact me. I’d love to set up a showing for you at any of the fantastic homes for sale. For more information about our great communities, contact us for a FREE copy of our town snapshots. You can reach me by phone at 973-637-0004 or via email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com. For great real estate information, including insider tips, please visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.