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Re: Boonton Reservoir
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Did you also know Jersey City's water does not contain fluoride? There are probably countless preventable cavities in peoples' teeth. Yvonne, what do you think?


My kid was given a script for vitamins with fluoride because of this.

Posted on: 8/14 10:18
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Re: Boonton Reservoir
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He tried drinking nothing but bottled water... the locals would refill bottles with tap water.


That actually did kill my dad, very slowly. He contracted a rare Hepatitis (E or some such) in Ukraine when he didn't want to offend his hosts even though he saw them filling the bottle from the tap. He eventually died of cirrhosis and the liver cancer it caused. (No, he was not a drinker at all)



Yikes!

I thought what my wife got on her business trip to India was bad (eventually leads to fatal cancer). Her issue was curable with very expensive and physically brutal dose of antibiotics.

Posted on: 8/14 10:17
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Re: I've seen pre-construction sales but this is ridiculous! 323 7th St
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What is propping it up are the very low interest rates due to Federal Reserve intervention, lots of foreign money coming into the USA, and Boomer generation investment capital.

The Fed is now trying to unwind its balance sheet and the Boomers are retiring (though many are staying in the work force beyond age 67). When the Boomers retire, a lot of investment money is going to dry up as it is converted into safe stuff like T-bills. A lot of real estate will hit the market as Boomers need to cash out and move to smaller (cheaper) homes / condos. Gen X is too small and Gen Y has waaay too much debt to absorb it all.

As for the foreign money... some of what is coming in doesn't care about positive returns. It is "money getting out of Dodge". If the investors only loses half of it, it is better than losing all of it back in his/her home country. Real estate is where a good chunk of that money is going.

Posted on: 8/14 9:40
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Re: Recommendations- Dumpster Rental
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I just called Interstate and they said the smallest they have is 10 yard. How do you have a 1 yard?


Maybe they only have the small ones for people who rent monthly? I keep one in my garage since I have so many small project going on that require me to get rid of stuff.

Posted on: 8/13 16:38
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Re: I've seen pre-construction sales but this is ridiculous! 323 7th St
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The listing for 323 7th St popped up in my Zillow feed. 4br, 5 bath SFR, $1,850,000. Beautiful pics of interior and exterior, and currently an empty lot!


This is a sign we are approaching the next property crash.

Posted on: 8/13 16:36
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Re: Recommendations- Dumpster Rental
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Dinger wrote:
$650 is ungodly expensive for a 20 yard C&D. I've got an account but pay about $350. It's more for concrete.


It would have been under $400 if I wasn't mixing asbestos tile, ceramic tile, concrete, wood, etc. all in one container.

Posted on: 8/9 13:57
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Re: Recommendations- Dumpster Rental
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What are their prices?

Robin.


Depends one the size (large trash can to 40 cubic yard dumpster), the type of trash, and how often you want it picked up. Two years ago, I got a quote for $650 for a 20 yarder, but that included being able to put non-friable asbestos shingles in it.

I have a 1 yard I use to put old rugs and other stuff in (no cardboard allowed) as I am doing apartment refreshes. It gets picked up once per month. Costs me about $60 a month for the service.

Posted on: 8/9 13:30
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Re: Recommendations- Dumpster Rental
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I currently use Interstate Waste. Pickups have been reliable and the customer service is good.

Posted on: 8/9 9:26
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Re: Do you recommend particular Roofer?
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just curious? is there a reason why people don't seem to use metal or plastic/pvc roofing? are they a lot more expensive?


PVC was a lot more expensive than bitumen. After putting a white coating on the bitumen, I didn't see an advantage using PVC.

If I ever do new construction with a pitched roof, I plan to look at kynar coated steel. I have seen them used where houses get exposed to some pretty brutal winds, ice, hail, etc....

Posted on: 8/1 21:40
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Re: Where is Gov Murphy?
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Posted on: 8/1 11:06
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Re: Boonton Reservoir
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My Dad came down with Cholera after a business trip to Mexico. He tried drinking nothing but bottled water... the locals would refill bottles with tap water. I remember nearly dying on the couch in the living room. For some odd reason, he never went to the hospital.


Posted on: 7/31 22:05
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Re: its official: entire heights must buy resident parking permit
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In my part of the Heights, street parking became scarce after two developments were completed. Both have indoor parking, but it seems the tenants prefer parking on the street.

Parking fees too expensive?

Posted on: 7/27 9:31
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Re: Home Invasion Leaves Woman Tied Up, Robbed Inside Jersey City High-Rise Apartment Building (Monaco)
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It's not just mistrust of banks. It's also to avoid paying taxes.


A while back I was interviewing people for a nanny job. I am a rarity in this endeavor... I pay on the books using a payroll service. This made hiring someone difficult.

* Applicants not permitted to work legally. Typically they came to the US on a student or tourist VISA and never left. Therefore, can only accept cash.

* Legal US resident or citizen, but on Medicade / Section 8 / WIC or other forms of welfare. Can't show income or would lose benefits.

* Legal US resident or citizen, but just doesn't want to pay taxes.

These women were with their current employer making $20+ an hour. I interviewed one who was getting $1k cash a week. Another was clearing over $85k (live-in nanny + teacher for a very wealthy family).

So yeah... if actively saving cash, I can see racking up a $100k in cash after a number of years working.

Posted on: 7/20 13:11
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Re: Home Invasion Leaves Woman Tied Up, Robbed Inside Jersey City High-Rise Apartment Building (Monaco)
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This is true, but I still don't understand how banks are mistrusted


Because of things like this:

European leaders reached an agreement with Cyprus early on Monday morning that closes down the island's second-largest bank and inflicts huge losses on wealthy savers.
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Those with deposits of less than €100,000 (£85,000) will be spared, but those with more than €100,000 – many of them Russian – will lose billions of euros under draconian terms aimed at preventing the Mediterranean tax haven becoming the first country forced out of the single currency.


Another example is when the Kirchner regime in Argentina seized private savings to bail out the public pension system.

In my wife's country, during the '97 financial crisis, bank deposits became "unavailable" for withdrawal.

It will interesting to watch what happens when Italy's issue with billions in bad loans finally comes to a head.





Posted on: 7/20 13:01
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Re: Home Invasion Leaves Woman Tied Up, Robbed Inside Jersey City High-Rise Apartment Building (Monaco)
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Where is the victim from?

I have found it pretty common for non Americans (excluding Western Europeans) to mistrust banks and keep everything in cash.

It took a while to convince a Turkish woman I knew to put the $50k she had in cash into an actual bank account.

Posted on: 7/19 16:13
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Re: Legal Weed Is Coming to New Jersey
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Home brewing wasn't legalized till 1979.
https://beerandbrewing.com/the-day-homebrewing-was-legalized/


Wow.. so my Mom was a criminal back in the '70s when she had me collect dandelions flowers so we could make dandelion wine.

Posted on: 7/18 13:14
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Re: Legal Weed Is Coming to New Jersey
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If either NY or NJ pass it, the taxes placed on it will be so onerous, people will just buy from the black market (like what happens now with cigarettes).

https://fee.org/articles/high-taxes-on ... ck-into-the-black-market/

Weed is even easier than tobacco (which has to be dried, toasted, and has other stuff added to it). Anyone with $500 to spare can setup a pretty nice grow room in a spare closet.

Posted on: 7/17 17:33
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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So we are getting are new tax bills this month, due August 10th?

Posted on: 7/11 8:18
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Re: Plastic bag bans coming to Hoboken, Jersey City
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But seriously, is the site of the project going to be in NJ?


The plan is NYC first, which has a far worse problem with municipal waste and sludge than NJ. NYC plans to be 'zero landfill use' by year 2030 and wants to have only single stream collection (one truck picks up everything instead of separate pickups for paper, cans/bottles, regular trash). So far, they are nowhere near of meeting those goals. Plus, the trash export costs have exploded ($400 million a year starting in 2019).

Right now, NYC is 100% dependent on landfills as far away as Arkansas or use waste to energy incinerators here in NJ and upstate NY. Remember the big dust-up about the garbage transfer station proposed for Greenville yards? That was part of NYC plan to send trash to the Covanta incinerator in Newark.

Plus NY state is looking at a potential electric grid collapse once Indian Point shuts down in a few years. New England is in even worse shape. The New England grid was within days of collapse during the cold snap late last December through early January. The power plants couldn't get enough natural gas and switched over to oil. Oil reserved dropped by 60% or so because the fuel was being used up faster than it could be imported. NY has the same issue.. lack of gas pipeline capacity.

The plant proposed can make electricity, liquid fuels, or renewable natural gas (or combination thereof).

There is a site in Hudson County that looks interesting (not in Jersey City) to setup shop.

Posted on: 6/29 12:46
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Re: Plastic bag bans coming to Hoboken, Jersey City
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i know you can recycle plastic water bottles, but i dont think you can recycle plastic bags right?


Plastic that is a 'thermoplastic' can technically be melted back down and reused. This includes the poly bags you get at the store. The problem is even a little bit of contamination can ruin a batch of plastic.

For example: If even a few percent by weight of #5 plastic ends up with #1 and #2, the batch is completely ruined. I had this happen years back when using decking made from recycled plastic. The deck boards shattered when they were drilled into. The manufacturer sent replacements and explained their last batch of plastic scrap was contaminated from the supplier.

Contamination can also be from food waste, grease, or anything else that gets mixed in with what you are trying to recycle. Whether is be plastic or paper. For example, pizza boxes are generally not recyclable.

China put a near total ban* on scrap imports (includes plastic, paper, and electronic waste) because the trash was being separated by hand. The non-recyclable stuff was being dumped in rivers, burned, or ended up in the bellies of grazing animals. It was an environmental disaster.

* China requires all scrap imported be 99.5% free of contamination.

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Vietnam just stopped imports. In Thailand, there are 400 containers of scrap plastic, paper, and electronic waste that have been blocked by Thai customs. Some of those containers are now coming back to the USA. The Thais freaked out over practices like burning the electronic waste (with no environmental controls) to get recover the metals. The air around these plants became toxic.

With the exception of cardboard and metals (aluminum cans), recycling in the USA, Europe, and Australia has been reliant on shipping to the third world. That is now ending.

BTW: If you are wondering why I follow this news... I am on a project via work to locate a site and build a plant that resolves the above recycling issues. So basically, anything related to waste is in my morning news feed.

Posted on: 6/29 11:07
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Re: Plastic bag bans coming to Hoboken, Jersey City
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Some here might find this interesting (via Wattsupwiththat.com):

SAVE THE OCEANS! STOP RECYCLING PLASTICS!

https://www.thegwpf.org/content/uploads/2018/06/Save-the-oceans.pdf

* Most of the plastic waste comes from just a few countries, mostly in Asia and Africa.

* 25% is “leakage” from Asian waste management processes — the rest is waste that has never been collected, but is simply thrown into rivers.

* But European countries ship inject huge quantities of waste into Asian waste management streams, ostensibly for recycling. As much as 20% — millions of tons every year — ends up in the oceans and will continue to do so.

* Since the Chinese banned waste imports at the start of the year, shipments have been diverted to other Asian countries with even weaker environmental controls (Figure 1).

* EU recycling is therefore a major contributor to marine waste and increasing recycling will therefore simply increase marine litter.

Posted on: 6/29 9:15
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Re: PATH Trains Increase
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How the hell does a PATH car cost $2.8 million each?

Posted on: 6/27 21:20
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Re: Jersey City has big plans for 100 acres on West Side along Hackensack River
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No rent control on new construction in J.C.

NJ state law (unless it has been changed since I last checked) exempts new construction from local rent control laws for 5 years.

Posted on: 6/18 17:04
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Re: Jersey City has big plans for 100 acres on West Side along Hackensack River
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Repeating the point Brewster has made repeatedly: Change the zoning so that 6+ unit buildings that are being torn down are not replaced with a 2 family and you will pretty much take care of the lack of affordable housing issue.

Anything the government does requires union labor working at the 'prevailing wage'. Last prevailing wage job I priced out raised labor costs about 270% over the private sector. The "affordable housing" will not be affordable for those paying for the interest on the bonds.

Posted on: 6/18 12:41
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Re: Monday 6/18/2018 JC schools will close at 12:45....excessive heat
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I didn't even have to open the video to know what you posted. It's absurd.


A Dominican female engineer is sitting behind me with a coat on. Me? Nice and comfy.. cool air feels great!

Posted on: 6/18 12:36
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Re: Newark Ave. Fire at Moloney's Meat Market near County Court House !
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Stopped in this morning. The only casualty suffered by Maloney's was a smoked ham that was left in the oven, when Maloney's was ordered to evacuate.

It was 'extra crispy' by the time they got back into the store to turn off the oven.

Posted on: 6/15 10:20
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Re: Gothamist: The PATH Is A Packed, Slow-Motion Nightmare For NJ Commuters This Morning
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Delays going in this morning. Thought I was lucky that I caught the 33rd St. train from JSQ without a wait. Then the train crawled and stopped repeatedly all the way to Christopher St. I have been leaving an extra 20 to 30 minutes early now just to account for PATH delays.

Long train wait coming home also.

Posted on: 6/13 16:07
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Re: Plastic bag bans coming to Hoboken, Jersey City
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bodhipooh wrote:
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Same here. I wonder if instead of a heavy handed approach like banning plastic bags, perhaps stores could be asked to enable customers to reuse, return, and/or recycle their plastic bags.


The ocean pollution issues are largely due to the third world (parts of Asia in particular) that lacking landfill space, just dump their trash in the ocean. Indiscriminate ocean dumping was common practice in NYC until NJ sued to get it to stop (way back in the 1920). Everything from melon rinds to dead horses were washing up on the NJ shore... which was bad for business.

The reusable bags are not the most sanitary thing in the world and have been linked to an increase in food poisoning.

We do have a litter issue in Jersey City. This is a cultural problem. We will just replace plastic with paper trash. Plastic grocery bags btw actually break down faster than paper, when exposed to sunlight (UV). If trash is being properly disposed of, being made of plastic, paper, or fairy dust isn't going to be an issue.

Recycling of plastic an industry in crisis mode right now. A lot of what is being collected is being put into landfills or incinerated. China absorbed about 60% of all the plastic collected in the world for recycling. They pretty much banned the importation of scrap plastic (and a lot of paper) starting this January. The recycling industry was causing them all sorts of major environmental issues.





Its easier / cheaper / cleaner to make new plastic, with the raw material sources here in the USA (made from cracking ethane, which we have lots of in the Marcellus and Utica shale deposits).

Posted on: 6/8 14:05
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Re: Plastic bag bans coming to Hoboken, Jersey City
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So I guess in the near future, I will be buying boxes of small plastic trash bags. I re-use my shopping bags as trash liners and for other purposes.

Posted on: 6/8 11:36
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Re: Gothamist: The PATH Is A Packed, Slow-Motion Nightmare For NJ Commuters This Morning
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I don't know if it is related with the signal & train control upgrade... but it seems like delays due to signal and mechanical issues are every other day now.

The rush window btw 7:45AM and 9:00AM goes to hell if you even so much as delay the next train by 20 minutes. The platforms become packed, with nothing but already full trains arriving.

Posted on: 6/5 12:43
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