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.

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.

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.

Growing up: Millburn NJ Insider’s Perspective from Millburn NJ High School Graduates

Last week Shannon sat down with several recent Millburn NJ HS graduates to get an insider’s look as to what it’s like to grow up in Millburn NJ. To see the interview in it’s entirety, click here. As a realtor in this town, I can tell you many of my clients move here because of the school system. The internet can show you rankings and test scores, but they cannot tell you what it’s like to grow up in one of the best school systems in the country.

The recent grads shared with us some of the many activities that were offered to them through the Millburn Township NJ school system. Those activities included several sports teams, theater groups, music clubs, clubs that allowed the students to learn and exercise leadership skills, and clubs that allowed them to raise money for non-profit organizations. Many of the students have been involved with volunteer groups. They mentioned that the Millburn NJ community encourages an atmosphere of giving back. One student shared that growing up in Millburn NJ, you feel some responsibility to help. They shared how there are many outlets that provide opportunities to volunteer. Many of those opportunities come through the Millburn NJ high school as well. It was shared that each club has a different focus on what charity they benefit.

Many of the students interviewed moved to the Millburn NJ area when they were very young. Shannon revisited the elementary school years with the graduates. Shannon asked them to describe what it was like attending Millburn Township schools in their younger years. Words the students used to describe those early years of learning included fun, welcoming, friendly, exciting, balance and instilling a love of learning. The students looked back on who their favorite elementary school teachers were.

Next the students shared some insight into what their middle school years were like. The students talked about the opportunity to meet new people in the middle school as the elementary schools merge together. Some students shared that the sense of responsibility instilled in them during their elementary school years helped with their transition into middle school. Shannon shared that there are 5 elementary schools in the Millburn Short Hills area. Those five elementary schools merge into one middle school. One student shared that Millburn Township schools is planning to open a 5th Grade building which he felt would ease that transition to middle school even more so. One student shared how she liked the concept of academic teams in the middle school. She felt that also helped the transition by allowing students to get comfortable with a larger pool of students within a smaller team framework. The group discussed the peer leader program offered at the middle school. To become a peer leader you are required to write an essay and complete an interview. Types of peer leader opportunities include tutoring other students and volunteering. Some other middle school clubs the students enjoyed were theater and community rec sports.

Next, the conversation moved to the students’ high school experience. The students were asked how they felt about their transition from middle school into the high school. One student shared that he felt the middle school did a great job helping them to progressively prepare for their transition to high school. They shared that the Senior Ambassador program has Senior students go into the Freshman homerooms to answer any questions they may have. They felt this program really helped to ease the transition as well. One student shared that as she transitioned into the high school, she was excited about the clubs and electives that were available. Shannon asked the graduates what they would say to incoming students who may feel threatened by the high level of academics for which Millburn Township NJ schools are recognized. One student said his advice would be not to compare yourself to anyone else. Another shared that there are different levels of classes offered. She said not to feel ashamed to ask to be switched to a lower level class if the classwork is too difficult for you. She said she found the teachers very willing to work with you if you approach them and ask them their opinion. One graduate shared that he liked studying in groups. That way, if you didn’t understand something, maybe someone else in the group would be able to help. He said other students always seemed willing to help and that the high school is a great community.

Niche.com ranks Millburn Township schools as having some of the best teachers. Shannon asked the recent graduates what their opinion was of the teachers. One shared that he felt the teachers really want the students to succeed, and that they want to prepare you for what lies ahead. Another shared that the teachers are very approachable.

Shannon asked the grads what they hear from friends who are a year or two older than them in regards to how they felt Millburn Township schools prepared them for college. One shared that a friend of his said that Millburn really prepared her well. He said he has heard that from several other graduates as well. The others all shared similar stories.

In conclusion, they shared some of their favorite places to go in Millburn NJ. Among them were the Coffee Mill and the Millburn Deli. They also recommend the Turtle Back Zoo as a great place to see if you are visiting Millburn NJ for the day.

If you are planning a move to Millburn NJ, contact Shannon for a copy of our FREE town snapshots to help you learn more about Millburn NJ and surrounding communities.  If you would like to see any of the homes for sale in Millburn NJ, contact Shannon!  She would love to set up a showing for you.  Click here to search properties for sale.  For great real estate information, please remember to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

 

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

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If nature is your thing, take a ride to the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Basking Ridge NJ. Located at 32 Pleasant Plains Road, the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is home to fabulous waterfowl, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Click here to visit their website. Kristin Krag, buying specialist on the Shannon Aronson team, comments that the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is  “A great and beautiful sanctuary, vital to the natural ecosystem that could have been an airport if the residents hadn’t fought it in the late 70′s.” Diane Bausch of the Shannon Aronson team says, “It’s a pretty drive to get there. There’s an educational center for kids. The educational center has many different rooms that were dedicated to the different areas of the refuge. Its very interesting, the rooms are interactive. There’s also a wild bird observations area.”

Established in 1960, The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is 12 square miles. Many migrating waterfowl use the refuge as a place to rest and feed along their migration. Some of the waterfowl you can plan to see here are mallards, green-winged teal, and American black ducks.

Common species of mammals spotted at the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge include river otters, coyote, muskrats, raccoons and more. Approximately 39 species of mammals have been seen at the refuge. The population of bat species found on the refuge help to control the insect population. Types of bats found here include the eastern small footed bats and the federally endangered Indiana bat.

Some of the reptiles and amphibians you can plan to see at the refuge include the painted turtle, gray treefrog, and snapping turtle. Several federally and state threatened reptiles and amphibians find their home here. They include the bog turtle, wood turtle and blue spotted salamander.

There are several types of habitats maintained at the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. They include forested wetlands, grasslands, and brushlands.

If you are planning a move to the area, 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. To learn more about our communities, and for great real estate information, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Summit Restaurant Week

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Thursday, 7/20/17, begins the Summit Restaurant Week. Live music downtown as well as prize drawings at participating restaurants kick off the festivities. Summit Restaurant Week runs through Sunday, 7/30/17. During Summit Restaurant Week, participating restaurants offer price fixe menus at $25, $35 or $45. Some restaurants will also offer specials and outdoor seating.

Participating $25 Prix Fixe restaurants include:

Fiorino Ristorante ($25 lunch, $45 dinner); Located at 38 Maple St
Jenny’s Japanese Cuisine; Located at 447 Springfield Ave
La Pastaria; Located at 327 Springfield Ave
Negeen Persian Grill; Located at 330 Springfield Ave
Summit Diner; Located at 1 Union Pl
Summit Thai Cuisine; Located at 34 Maple St
The Bombay Bistro; Located at 427 Springfield Ave
The Committed Pig; Located at 339 Springfield Ave
The HAT Tavern; Located at 570 Springfield Ave
Winberie’s Restaurant; Located at 2 Kent Place Blvd

Participating $35 prix fixe restaurants include:
Batavia Café; Located at 356 Springfield Ave
Marco Polo; Located at 527 Morris Ave
Rosalita Mexican; Located at 10 Maple St
Summit Greek Grill; Located at 90 Summit Ave

Participating $45 prix fixe restaurants include:
Fiorino Ristorante ($25 lunch, $45 dinner); Located at 38 Maple St
Huntley Taverne; Located at 3 Morris Ave
Piattino; Located at 67 Union Pl
Roots Steakhouse; Located at 401 Springfield Ave

For links to menus and to see restaurants offering specials during Summit Restaurant Week, please visit the Summit Restaurant Week website.

If you are planning a move to Summit NJ, or any surrounding communities, contact us for a FREE copy of our town snapshots. To search homes for sale, click here. To learn more about Summit NJ, and for great real estate tips, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Maplewoodstock Maplewood NJ

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On Saturday and Sunday, 7/8 and 7/9, the 14th annual Maplewoodstock Music and Arts Festival will take place at Memorial Park, Maplewood NJ between 12 pm and 10 pm each day. This event is free and kid-friendly. Each day, 8-10 local and regional bands will perform. These bands will be followed by 1-2 headliner and featured acts. Los Lobos will be the headliner act on Saturday. Ruthie Foster is the headliner act on Sunday.

In addition to listening to great music including r&b, soul, rock, blues and more, Maplewoodstock features a Kid Zone. The kid zone will include fun activities such as bouncy rides, face painting and ice cream! Maplewoodstock Maplewood NJ also includes over 60 art vendor booths boasting hand-crafted jewelry, paintings and more! Bring your own picnic lunch or dinner or purchase refreshments available from over 20 local food vendors.

If you are planning a move to Maplewood NJ, click here to see homes for sale. For information regarding Maplewood NJ and surrounding towns, please be sure to 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@ShannonAaronson.com. For great real estate information, please visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

 

4th of July in Millburn NJ

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Come out and celebrate the 4th of July in Millburn NJ. The festivities are set to begin at 9 am in Taylor Park, located at 78 Main Street. Morning activities include flag raising, softball game, stroller parade and patriot award. This is the 72nd annual celebration of the 4th of July in Millburn NJ.

The celebration continues at 3 pm at the Millburn NJ High School. Food at the Millburn NJ High School celebration will be provided by La Strada, Red Mango, Salad House, Kona Ice and Tinga. Events held there include rides and bands. At dusk, there will be a fabulous fireworks display. $10 tickets, purchased at the Millburn NJ High School–located at 462 Millburn Ave,  gives you access to the afternoon rides, music and the evening fireworks. Tickets can be purchased the afternoon or evening of events.

Planning a move to Millburn NJ? If so, click here to see homes for sale. If you would like more information about the fabulous town of Millburn NJ, please be sure to 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 be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.

Millburn NJ Summer Concert Series

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This Sunday, 6/25, begins the Millburn NJ summer concert series! The Millburn NJ summer concert series kicks off with Street Hassle, a premier classic rock band, who will be performing at Taylor Park in Millburn NJ beginning at 7 pm. Taylor Park is located at 78 Main Street in Millburn NJ. The concerts are free of charge and end at 8:30 pm. Refreshments will be available from Gian Marco Trattoria. The rain date for Sunday’s concert is Sunday, 7/2.

The Millburn NJ summer concert series runs for four weeks. Other musicians scheduled to perform include B’azooka Joe & The Bubblegum Machine, Desert Highway, and Soul Groove.

Millburn NJ is a great place to live! If you are thinking of making a move to the area, please contact us! We’d love to help you find your dream home! To learn more about Millburn NJ and surrounding communities, please contact us us for a FREE copy of our town snapshots. You can reach me by email at Shannon@ShannonAronson.com or by phone at 973-637-0004. To search homes for sale, click here. For great real estate information, including the latest Millburn NJ Real Estate Market Trends, please be sure to visit my website at www.NJRealEstateDirect.com.