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Re: Need to hire a van or party bus for bachelor party, any recommendations?
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Try www.limos.com for some competing quotes. You can probably get a stretch limo SUV for under half that price, gratuity included.

Posted on: 2010/9/4 0:23
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Re: Downtown Jersey City major streets very unsafe and bad access for pedestrians
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Heard from a friend a couple hours ago. Her car was T-boned by a guy who blantantly blew the Stop-Sign at Monmouth and 7th Street. He was driving so fast that he totalled both cars. She seems to be okay (She was wearing a seatbelt) but the a-hole driver was a bloody, albeit walking mess. Cops said the guy had a suspended license and was driving his sister's car. He's on his way to jail.


Monmouth is a rat-run, with very confusing signs. The only stop sign northbound is on 7th. People abuse parking laws, and hinder peoples views without even getting ticketed never mind getting towed.

I'd recommend immediate ticketing/towing for anyone blocking the view on any Monmouth intersection. And better road calming/marking near the 7th and Monmouth intersection.

Posted on: 2010/9/3 2:40
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Re: The Entire Board of Liberty Humane Society Just Resigned...
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I think we just need to cool the debate a little, There's too much heated feelings in a number of directions that really distort the issues. I respect why the board felt the need to resign. I don't agree with their decision, but I respect their reasons.

I think everyone wants LHS to suceed long term, even those folks that resigned. Can we focus on how to help LHS succeed going forward?

LHS have got to resolve a number of issues: state inspections, overcrowding, no-killl, etc. I think the current board get the issues and are making some major steps on all these issues.

Let's help them with that.

LHS is too valuable a JC institution to lose over some stupid bickering - when everyone in JC wants the some thing.

Posted on: 2010/9/2 2:53
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Re: The Entire Board of Liberty Humane Society Just Resigned...
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I've been a long-time supporter of LHS in one way or another. I've adopted dogs, I've directly contributed financially, my wife has volunteered hours there.

The closure of the Hudson County shelter and directing input to LHS probably was the trigger for a lot of the recent LHS problems. Donations are also probably way down because of recent financial upheavals.

Generally I'm for no-kill, but it's not black-and-white for me. If it's no-kill versus LHS's existence: sorry I'll back the current board on this one - I'd rather see LHS continue with their current policy than have LHS fold. Anyone that wants LHS to fold is an idiot.

Can we make no-kill work at LHS? Probably yes, but I think it will likely take a change of "position" by the no-kill proponents.

The number one priority for the LHS board is to pass state inspections. If they don't pass, there is no LHS. No-kill is irrelevant.

Where the no-kill movement could really help LHS, is to rally other nearby no-kill shelters with both open capacity and the capability to house and rehabilitate unadoptable or supposedly dangerous animals. I think the board at LHS wants to get back to no-kill status, but perhaps needs a little help getting there. Perhaps set up a shelter-to-shelter website if we need to on transfers/at-risk animals.

Put your egos back into your boxes folks. Let's work together on solving LHS's immediate issues for the benefit for all the animals under our trust.

Posted on: 2010/9/1 0:40
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Re: Gov. Christie Fires Schools Chief, Bret Schundler
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Or might have suited all the pols...Christie gets to cut ed deep, Ohio Dems get support.

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Nice try to deflect the blame from the person who actiually did the actual harm. Obama himself probably didn;t even see the applications. Yes, you can choose to be disappointed in the president if you want, but do it for actual things he does, not for reasons that require wearing tinfoil hats.

This is the reason this state gets so many crap governors and other leadership. Tribal politics. You hold leaders responsible. Christie shoudl man up and admit the big mistake he made.

Posted on: 2010/8/30 2:19
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Re: Gov. Christie Fires Schools Chief, Bret Schundler
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Call me cynical - I don't subscribe to the Republicans nor Democrats....but the Democrat Govenor of Ohio is 8 points behind in the polls, and I want to shaft it to the Republican govenor of NJ ....what better way to do it?

Smart move by the Obama team...but that's exactly what it looks like - a smart politically motivated move, not a real benefit the public move.


http://www.rasmussenreports.com/publi ... ection_2010_ohio_governor

Posted on: 2010/8/29 3:59
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Re: Can Anyone Recommend an Affordable/Decent Real Estate Attorney???
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Recommend Frederic Goetz. Based in Ridgefield but covers all of Hudson. Charged around $600 when I bought in JC a few years ago. His paralegal Linda is terrific.

http://www.biglawfirm.com/

Posted on: 2010/8/26 19:53
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Re: HUGE GAS LINE COMING? Companies look to run natural gas pipeline through Jersey City
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Made my comments to FERC some time ago.

My primary objection was that Spectra are creating the terrorist's bomb for them, given proximity of the pipeline to trains carrying dangerous chemicals through high population areas. It's just unconscionable for any state or federal body to permit that.

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Please make sure that these comments get posted on the FERC site. The comment period ends in 2 days I believe.

Posted on: 2010/8/21 1:35
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Re: HUGE GAS LINE COMING? Companies look to run natural gas pipeline through Jersey City
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Unexpected liabilities?

Hell they expect them. They just don't want to insure nor pay against them. They'd rather let the taxpayer foot the bill. Tools.

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coronalime wrote:
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coronalime wrote:
here are a few more highlights from their Annual Report:

We do not insure against all potential losses and could be seriously harmed by unexpected liabilities.

Terrorist attacks, and the threat of terrorist attacks, have resulted in increased costs to our business.
Continued global hostilities or other sustained military campaigns may adversely affect our results of
operations.



This came from their 2009 Annual Report & Form 10-K, an interesting read.

http://www.spectraenergypartners.com/
Under SEC Filings/Annual Reports

Posted on: 2010/8/21 1:21
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Re: HUGE GAS LINE COMING? Companies look to run natural gas pipeline through Jersey City
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I've no view on NIMBY.

I'd just like to ask Spectra why it thinks they need to build a terrorist bomb in Jersey Ciity's back yard, how they plan to stop people detonating it, what insurance/capital base they have upfront for comp to victims (similar to BP, Wall St), and what compensation they plan to provide on any property valuation and property insurance blight.

Or are they trying to build this on the taxpayers dime?

Make sense? Makes no sense to me.

Posted on: 2010/8/18 4:55
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Re: HUGE GAS LINE COMING? Companies look to run natural gas pipeline through Jersey City
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Thinking like a terrorist for a minute...

What's to stop me from opening a break in the gas pipeline beside the train tracks, waiting for a train to pass carrying chlorine or some other toxic chemical, detonating a small incendiary, and creating a toxic gas cloud that not only threathens Hudson County, but all of NYC?

Sorry Spectra. You're totally clueless when it comes to "Risk Assessment".

Quote:

Risk Assessment
Each year we perform detailed risk analysis for our entire pipeline to identify potential integrity
threats to the pipeline and potential consequences in the unlikely event of a pipeline failure. This
risk analysis allows us to prioritize integrity management activities, such as integrity assessments
and additional prevention measures, to those pipeline segments that have higher risks. Examples
of potential integrity threats include:
• Excavation damage
• Metal loss or corrosion
• Defects related to pipe manufacturing process
• Cracking related to exposure to natural environments
• Incorrect operations
The risk assessment is performed by subject matter experts using modern risk management tools
and techniques to assure the risk assessment process provides an accurate determination of
pipeline risks..

Posted on: 2010/8/17 2:46
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Re: united water bills
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They sent me out an estimated bill this quarter which was almost twice what I expected. They then sent me a revised bill a few days later based on an actual reading which was almost 1/2 the estimate.

I'd check your bill - see if it says actual or estimate.

Posted on: 2010/8/17 2:31
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Re: 3rd Quarter Property Tax Bills - question
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Ok.

Don't confuse assessed value on you property bill with the implied market value of your property. Because JC properties have not been fully reassessed since the 80s, the assessed value is a fraction of what the City thinks your property is worth. This year market value * 27% = JC assessed value given the county's 0.27 equalization rate.

The upcoming reval of properties will try to assess current market value and reflect that in your bill. I'd be surprised if the City has done this mid-year to anyone. From what I understand the reval will be done over the next 2-3 years, and won't hit your bill until the following year.

If you want to challenge your property tax bill you can get professional help or do it yourself. I'd recommend the latter approach.

www.easytaxfix.com works very well. You can do everything online. It also lets you know if you have a good basis for an appeal. JC works on a comparative sales in the Oct 2009-Sep 2010 period for 2011 appeals, and takes the average price/sq ft. You have to appeal for 2011 taxes around Feb-April 2011. You are too late to appeal 2010. If your appeal is successful it's valid for 3 years or until the next City-wide reval, whichever is earlier.

The City appraisers at City Hall are actually very approachable. It's not an adversial process. They can help with any questions you have, and to be honest they do a great job helping out folks with a genuine appeal.

www.hudsoncountytax.com has the actual downloadable appeal forms for reference. www.zillow.com is also a good reference for market valuations.

I successfully appealed my JC property tax bill for 2010 and had it reduced by 40%. I recommend this approach for everyone.

Good luck!

Posted on: 2010/8/17 2:20
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