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Re: BackFlow Preventor installation policy from JC Office of the Construction Official?
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Bigpappapump wrote:
It has been suggested to me that instead of complying with this ridiculous backflow preventor scheme, the 1700 buildings that are being targeted by the city for annual testing fees instead each pony up $1000 to a lawyer who then sues the city. It would be a heck of a lot cheaper than putting in some over-engineered back-check.

This is a code that hasn't been enforced since it went on the books.
It is a code that is not enforced in any other major NJ city.
If it is so important, how is that new condos and conversions received Certificates of Occupancy without the special backflow preventor?
Perhaps the JCMUA and Office of Construction Code should be sued for failure to fulfill it's governmental responsibilities?

While I appreciate Fulop getting involved with this (I don't think any of the other councilmen would) all he's basically doing is giving us more time to comply, when what he should be doing is to have the Office drop the entire thing. No one needs to be paying $60,000 for something so unimportant at this time.


If context is accurate, this is the least expensive and possibly most reasonable suggestion I've heard on the topic so far...

Posted on: 2009/6/5 13:16
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Re: Boycott A-1 Deli
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The people at Lee's are really nice - but I have gotten some old fruit there at times - they are not always the freshest....

Difference is that the Lees would probably be embarrassed and do something about it were you to point this out at time of purchase. They've been super supportive over the years and have always been helpful/cordial when one has time to shoot the breeze with them on an early weekend morning. Hope they realize how well the neighborhood appreciates them.

Posted on: 2009/4/27 1:03
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Re: Cutting Down Crime
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It's looking like another case of pick your poison for the mayoral race - what else is new in JC.

Crime's still an issue, I don't think there are any arguments there - it's plain insulting to be told otherwise. Taxes are higher than the skyscrapers being built downtown. Abatements have been an ongoing issue with this administration. Educational options are still a huge disincentive for families thinking of moving here, a condition that hasn't changed in the last 20-30 years, but certainly should've been improved by the 'gold coast' boom. Transportation infrastructure is a mess - with PATH trains overwhelmed by the masses who commute to NYC (hoodwinked by the ongoing construction boom), and citizens find city departments abusing their mandate - recent animal control issue, the FBI investigation into the building inspector taking bribes, the deputy mayor who married folks for an 'additional' fee, etc. etc.

The fellow I would've voted for decided against running; election times make for strange bedfellows. Healy was canny enough to hitch his wagon to Obama; well I hope change is coming to JC, too...

Posted on: 2009/3/7 15:33
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Re: ANIMAL CONTROL dumps CATs/KiTTENS in Lincoln Park
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Did volunteers find Daisy in the Lincoln Park area? Which means that Animal Control did indeed dump her there?

So, my taxpayer money is going to pay for illegal animal control practices, which the local taxpaying community has to correct at great expense and effort at 2 am on a weeknight. Not sure how trust is to be regained on this one. 'Crime' might be down, but mismanagement doesn't seem to be...lovely stuff. +1 on FAB's responses about this being a systemic issue.

Posted on: 2009/3/5 2:22
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Re: Kenya's leading paper visits MLK Dr. calls it "one of the toughest US black inner-city neighborh
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Jersey City dissed by Kenyan newspaper's Web report
by The Jersey Journal
Monday October 27, 2008, 12:58 PM


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Nabe desperate to end constant violence
LIFE IN A WAR ZONE
Jersey Journal
Earl Morgan
Friday, October 03, 2008


A bit disingenuous of the JJ to feign indignance when one of their own columnists categorized the same neighborhood as a war zone less than a month ago.

Posted on: 2008/10/27 23:46
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Re: LITERARY GIANT from Jersey City Dies at 94
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Salute to Mr. Giroux, a fellow Regis alum.

Posted on: 2008/9/7 22:32
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Re: Councilman gets ethics questions on the ballot
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NNJR wrote:
I just donated $20 here
http://www.betterjc.org./subpage.php?catagory=main&page=contribute

I hope it helps to get this ballot through.

Are there going to be any other petition signups in the next week?


+1, me too


+1; hope this goes through.

Posted on: 2008/8/2 17:59
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Re: High school Astroturf: $1.3 MILLION!
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brewster wrote:
Turf may not be ready by football season
Friday, July 18, 2008
By PAUL KOEPP
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

Cochrane Stadium at Caven Point in Jersey City may not be ready for the start of the high school football season. A $1,293,000 contract to replace the field's synthetic turf was voided by the City Council yesterday pending resolution of a dispute over the bidding.



Tell me how it can cost $1.3 MILLION to lay down fake grass on a high school field? Is this really possible or more insane contracts by the city?


In a completely unscientific trawling of recent net news for high school astroturf costs, the highest I saw was ~$900K. Different markets, though.

http://www.dunnconnect.com/articles/2008/07/14/sports/sports01.txt
http://www.wickedlocal.com/somerville ... -be-replaced-by-Astroturf
http://www.nvdaily.com/sports/309521083339985.bsp
http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2 ... f_set_for_withington.html
http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/111-07192008-1565216.html
http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll ... 05/807030339/1020/LOCAL05

Posted on: 2008/7/20 12:45
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Re: Bergen Lafayette: Library Hall Lofts in Jersey City, NJ Officially Opens with Grand Opening Part
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Library Hall Lofts in Jersey City, NJ Officially Opens with Grand Opening Party

PRWEB
July 13, 2008

"...The renovation and conversion of Library Hall Lofts is leading the renaissance of Bergen Hill, where other large-scale developments have started construction based on the success of Library Hall's sales. The building is currently more than 50% sold. There are12 generously sized loft style condominiums, 11 parking spaces and 2 street level commercial condominiums. Ceiling heights range from 10' to 20', there are Manhattan views in some of the units, and oversized custom interior doors in most. Kitchens offer unique CaesarStone Quartz countertops, black finished maple cabinets, and GE profile appliance packages. All units offer exposed brick and laundry, forced air HVAC for both cooling and heating, 5" wide oak flooring, and oversized windows. All units include five-year 30% tax abatements. The closest Light Rail stations are Liberty State Park and Garfield Avenue and buses to Newport and Journal Square are available right outside the building. For more information, availability and photos, please go to www.libraryhalllofts.com or contact Empire Realty Group, LLC at 201.792.8300. For Financing, please contact Jim Loch, Pinnacle Mortgage at 201.240.0932.

Empire Realty Group, LLC is a rapidly growing real estate company in Hoboken, NJ, specializing in sales and rentals of all property types including condominiums, brownstones, mixed-use properties and land. For more information on the company, our listings or our agents, please visit our website www.empiregroup.com or call our office open 7 days a week: 201.792.8300..."


Interesting news, but isn't this a press release? Posting it is akin to spamming ourselves.

Posted on: 2008/7/20 12:26
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Re: Karate school nearby ??
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It's not karate, but you might be interested in checking out http://www.doceparesusa.com. It's an escrima school, but they also do empty hands, and ground holds etc. Attended some classes when they were at 440, they're now in Jrnl Sqr area.

Posted on: 2008/6/19 2:45
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Re: What Jersey City Restaurant Do You Miss the Most?
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BrightMoment wrote:
I used to love Tippy's which only the old-timers here will know, for their burgers, chocolate milk shakes and guff and graw the old timers would give each other at the counter.


There was some pretty good guff and graw going on in the parking lot, too.

Posted on: 2008/6/9 1:15
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Re: Good Mechanic in Downtown Area
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rjcooper477 wrote:
Does anyone know a decent and trustworthty mechanic in the area? If this has been covered in other posts - I couldn't find them in my search - please direct me to it.

My car broke down on the highway tonight, I think it's the transmission.


Joe's Auto Electric
41 Maxwell St, Jersey City, NJ - (201) 435-7035
Joe's a good guy, no nonsense.

Posted on: 2008/6/7 11:12
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Re: The Cliffs - great new rental complex
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Were I looking there, my main concern would be flooding. That area is quite prone to flooding (with resulting traffic problems during rainstorms).

Posted on: 2008/3/19 23:21
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Re: how dangerous is the heights?
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Post is sounding a bit like an echo chamber. I like urban horror stories as much as the next guy, but I humbly suggest that some of your received opinions are a tad hyperbolic.

Anyway, just returned from a walk to the video store on Central (it's around 10pm now), and didn't notice any bogeymen on the corner (I live off Pershing Field so covered the southern half of Central). I get home late as often as every other working stiff - either a walk home from Journal Square or take the 87 from Hoboken. The walking route goes through Central Avenue, the bus goes through Palisade. Happy to say no incidents since moving back here several years ago.

It ain't all peaches and cream; one does have to watch out and be alert, but certainly no more than the Jrnl Sqr area and less than other parts of JC. I would also suggest that the Heights' real battle is with getting the councilpeople to be more attentive to its neighborhood given the strides made lately with the parks and reservoir and the changing population.

This board is great for the variety of advice - some spot-on, others little more than hearsay. Do yourself a favor and contact one of the neighborhood associations for their take on the area. There are several in the Heights - Riverview Neighborhood Association; Sgt. Anthony's; Pershing Field Garden Friends; etc.

Cheers.

Posted on: 2008/3/11 2:23
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Re: Folding bicycles
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Christine16 wrote:
As for bikes, I'm afraid to go full on road bike. Was thinking with the city roads that a hybrid may be a better way to go. Thoughts?


Hybrids: more relaxed geometry (more upright position with slacker angles), thicker tires, usually a flat/upright handlebar, thicker seat. The upright position will mean you're more visible to traffic, but some folks will say that it's not as suitable for longer distance charity rides, etc (though if you go on any of the charity rides, you'll see that it doesn't really hold back riders who choose this type).

Road: There are sub-categories - performance, sport, etc. Fairly versatile with the ability to customize for racing or touring. More aggressive geometry.

Mathias makes a good suggestion of using a cross bike outfitted with slicks (skinny road tires). But knobbies won't hold you back if I understand your intended use. May is bike month and there'll be a lot of activities/promos coming on. Watch out for 'em since you might be able to score some good deals. Also, the bicycle buyers guide for Velonews, Bicycling, Cyclesport and ProCycling magazines usually come out around now, and you can get some tips about finding the right bike. One tip - unless you're buying a high end bike (> ~$4K or so), most bikes are made in China and Taiwan, and re-badged with the different brands. Take a look at bikesdirect.com for some good deals online, also roadbikereview for useful opinions from experienced riders.

See you on 9W.

Posted on: 2008/3/5 13:03
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Re: The Heights: Scary moments as mugger pulls trigger in Pershing Field
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CANKICKER wrote:
Yes, the Heights has become a dump, perspective given from someone who was raised there for 35 years.
Moreover whats yr background, or are you some transplant who's going to make JC a better place to live in ????
CK


Happy to say that the Heights hasn't become a dump - at least Central Avenue and its environs (can't speak for Western Slope or other areas (Heights is a huge area) as I no longer hang out there - anyone remember running around, down, and through the trails off Terrace Ave park?). I used to have to duck for cover from flying bottles on Central Avenue 20 - 25 years ago. Haven't had to do that in a while. I think it's more of the same, but the neighborhood associations have definitely gotten stronger; and that's good. Reservoir - that's good. I'll see you folks on the track at Pershing Field. It's not the crime, but the response by the community to it that will tell. Cheers.

Posted on: 2008/2/13 3:50
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Re: What kind of neighborhood is the Heights in Jersey City?
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re: the bus service
Been noticing a lot more new (how's that for code?) residents taking the jitneys/vans/immies . My hunch is that the low ridership on the buses has something to do with that. Regardless of the reasons, what's heartening is how quickly/strongly the local neighborhood associations and the CASID have banded together (with current administration) to rectify the situation.

I would agree with Croft that it has gotten better. The crime map is useful, up to a point. It's a bit brittle as it caps out at 50 incidents per query. However, not any of the homicides Mathias mentions are in the database - the db doesn't start until '06. When I requested all homicides in 2006 to the present (pegged to an address in the Heights), the search retrieves just one incident in the Heights, with the rest of the entries elsewhere.

Been here a while, so I'm no Pollyana, but I do think it's gotten better. The Reservoir has caught on strongly and I've noticed an increase in the number of stroller-moms/dads heading to the park. Heck, several listers actually complained about the 99cent stores on Central Avenue. That complaint was being made on this board about downtown JC's Newark Avenue not too long ago.

Posted on: 2008/2/3 22:12
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Re: What kind of neighborhood is the Heights in Jersey City?
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Kramer wrote:
Hello, I hope I'm not making a big mistake, but I am moving to Jersey City in about a month. I have an apartment in the Heights on Beacon ave. Does anyone have an opinion of that neighborhood. Thank yo in advance.


Welcome to the neighborhood. It's a huge area, sounds like you picked a nice slice of it. There are tons of helpful neighborhood associations. Once you're settled, check 'em out as they're a super helpful source of info. You should also check out the Heights website: JCHeights.com to get some of the basics. Definitely check out the Reservoir in the spring/summer - can't be beat.

Posted on: 2008/2/2 16:49
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Re: Heights: 'Heavy' fire damages Central Avenue Bagels & free book exchange
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jerseymom wrote:
Sam, the owner of the bagel shop, is an all-around good guy who brings a lot to Central Avenue. He is a true advocate for literacy - his free bookshelves were very popular. Great bagles, too! I wish him well and I hope he builds his new store very soon!


+1
Sammy's a great guy and his store was a stop on my weekend routine. Still will be, fingers crossed. Here's an article in NY Times about him: NY Times article

Posted on: 2008/1/17 0:01
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Re: Heights - The Price of New Construction?
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Xerxes wrote:
I take issue only with the statement:
"MOST homes in the Heights were built between 1860 and 1920."


As per 2000 census data for 07307
Housing Units in 07307 Zip Code (Year 2000 census)
Total Housing Unit: 16896
Structure Built Year
1999 to March 2000: 92
1995 to 1998: 169
1990 to 1994: 301
1980 to 1989: 815
1970 to 1979: 1380
1960 to 1969: 1850
1950 to 1959: 2124
1940 to 1949: 2497
1939 or earlier: 7668

Posted on: 2007/11/4 3:22
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Heights - The Price of New Construction?
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Hi all,

Just sharing a current problem for our block association - one I'm sure is common for other groups as well. Enclosed is a letter which we sent to the Jersey Journal, Hudson Reporter, ward council members, as well as at-large councilpersons. If you feel the same way that we do with regard to the process and results stemming from these new constructions, please voice your displeasure using the numbers listed below. Thanks for reading.

A pervasive frustration is growing within many
residents in Jersey City Heights in the form of new
construction on our blocks. The new builds are at the
expense of old Victorian homes representative of the
time period in which our area was developed, and they
come with a price—be that of street parking spaces
(with already over-crowded street parking), illegal
living situations in basement apartments common in
two-family zoned new constructions, asbestos
contamination caused by non-compliant demolitions, and
non-compliance with zoning, building and design
standards (much of it negatively impacting the green
space and public utilities in Jersey City).

The house on a double lot at 43 Ravine was sold. Last
week, the neighbors noticed ‘No Parking’ signs
indicating an imminent tear down. The neighbors within
200 feet of the house have not been alerted to the
fact that it would be torn down (as per a buildings
requirement) and the house appears to have asbestos
siding.

The tear down has not occurred yet and neighbors have
alerted the NJDEP and Jersey City Buildings Department
regarding the potential asbestos hazard and the fact
that required notification was never received by
surrounding homeowners … but will our calls to the
city be heeded? It wasn't when a similar property was
torn down at 76-78 Booraem just a year ago.

And what is the impact going to be of the two
multi-unit dwellings put in its place? The greed and
flagrant neglect by developers of Jersey City's basic
zoning and building ordinances is apparent in these
new builds. Residents are no longer willing to stand
by while laws that protect our health, safety and
standard of living are flagrantly violated.

We urge the people of Jersey City Heights and our
elected officials to speak out against the developers
who are building these multi-family homes. Please
utilize the following numbers.

To report an environmental incident impacting your
neighborhood: The Toll-Free 24-Hour Hotline
1-877-WARNDEP/1-877-927-6337.

To inquire about possible tear downs or similar
neighborhood concerns: The City of Jersey City Mayor’s
Task Force 1-201-547-5200.

Sincerely,

East Pershing Residents’ Association

Posted on: 2007/10/24 0:47
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Re: Is it safe for two single women to live in this neighborhood? Please help!
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porter wrote:
No.


+1.

Posted on: 2007/7/15 16:11
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Re: Throw the Books at Them - Peeved by Library's Dumping
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ECH wrote:
Big, important new books are not coming in --
but other trashy ones are. Julian Barnes'
last novel never showed up; the big,
destined to be National Book Award
winning bio of Lincoln Kirstein hasn't
come in yet; Leo Lerman's memoir
not yet either...

Don't know when you checked, but the library has multiple copies of Julian Barnes' "Arthur & George" as per online catalog. Neither Duberman's Kirstein bio nor the Lerman memoir is in the catalog, but then the NYPL doesn't have 'em either, so might still be waiting for 'em from publishers.

Posted on: 2007/7/10 2:59
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Re: Throw the Books at Them - Peeved by Library's Dumping
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BrightMoment wrote:
+1

Most people in the book business know about libraries culling their stacks and this happens as part of policy of all libraries nationwide. However, as Ech points out below, there are few folks there who irrespective of an MLS or not, are judicious enough or are truly "book people" who know who a Julian Barnes, Kirstein or Kerman are and how important their works.

The same is true, unfortunately, for most book stores as well today.



Wow, ohmigod, that's like the most trenchant description of library, ahem, information workers I've ever heard.
As I understand it, the original post came about due to the opaque nature of library weeding. I think the original article gave a fair overview of the different factors that inform the process. With re: the inventory of a particular library's holdings, collection development also has guidelines - user behavior patterns, trends in library literature, updated editions, and BUDGET. Given the paltry amount provided to most public libraries, individual branches can't stock everything, nor do they need to. In those instances, inter-library loan can take advantage of the holdings of a wide network of institutions. But, if you're too impatient for that, try and see if the local branch can order the book for you. Chances are, they'll do so.
As for accusing people who chose to work daily with books of not being 'book people', that's just idiotic. Bright Moment, for penance, you'll have to listen to Kenny G's version of Cherokee 20 times straight.

Posted on: 2007/7/9 22:38
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Re: Throw the Books at Them - Peeved by Library's Dumping
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alb wrote:
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Kermit42 wrote:

No, the books are first destroyed so that they are of no use to anyone, and then put out on the street so that no one but the garbage truck will take them.


What you're saying makes sense.

One question would be whether any publishers or other organizations donate books to the library on the condition that the books not be resold.

Example: maybe libraries get discounts on some publishers, but they sign an agreement that says they can't resell the books.

Chances are that's not the case, but, if it were, maybe that would explain why the books don't go on a free book table at all.


This is silly. The article noted that the library reaches out to schools and local community centers to donate these. It also then places some books into the 'store' where they are sold for 50cents or so. Only after those steps are taken will the books be set aside as discards. The library is already a 'free table', anyone who lives in JC can borrow books for free. If you're so interested in the books - why didn't you go and borrow them from the library? There are several criteria for weeds - one of which the community satisfied by showing no interest in these books over the last 5 -10 years (no check-outs).

Posted on: 2007/7/9 18:53
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Re: Throw the Books at Them - Peeved by Library's Dumping
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The library really needs to be taken over
by people with training and experience
and interest. But in this town it is
patronage that gets jobs filled, not
smarts.


As someone with an MLS who volunteers at the circulation desk, I can say that the folks who work there know their stuff. While they may not be able to field all the questions thrown at them, they know how to get the right answers. As well, I've seen them go out of their way to cater to the diverse interests of patrons who come in, knowing trends well enough to guide them towards newly arrived books of interest.

Weeding, especially in this digital age, is a regular necessary process, kinda like pruning the branches to keep the tree healthy.

Posted on: 2007/7/8 16:40
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Condo Law: Restrictions
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Hi all,

Questions: As part of our condo handbook - Restrictions on use of Apartment Units:
Our condo policy states: No Portion of any Apartment Unit (other than the entire Apartment Unit) may be rented, and to transients may be accommodated.
I have a 2 bedroom with a friend. Does the clause above forbid me from renting out my room? If so, is there a way to get around it? Does anyone have any experience on transient housing laws in New Jersey? What are pros/cons?

Also, can anyone recommend a condo lawyer who is good with litigation?

Posted on: 2007/6/25 0:33
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Re: Buying a condo in JC Heights - anything I should know?
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You're looking for the #82 NJ Transit bus that comes in from Union City. Last stop is Exchange Place. It travels on Summit Avenue past Bowers.

Posted on: 2007/3/22 2:35
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Re: Has anyone used any of these dentists?
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sandman wrote:
JCHeights,

You're correct. Lustiger is an excellent dentist, I've used him.

However, is it my imagination or do they seem to push that 'deep scaling' treatment on everyone?

(deep scaling = they numb your mouth and scrape under your gums, it has to be done over 4 sessions, once for each quadrant of your mouth. the procedure is only 50% covered by insurance).


Been going to him for close to 10 years, and never had that treatment 'pushed' on me. Also, over the last couple of years, his practice has expanded due to include 2(?) other dentists within the office. Have had sessions with one other (whose name escapes me) besides Lustiger. No complaints.

Posted on: 2007/1/24 0:45
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Re: Buying a condo in JC Heights - anything I should know?
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Tankstelle wrote:
I don't think most companies that provide cars would pay for a parking sticker - I know mine doesn't.

I would agree with you that non-residents should be charged a premium - the problem is that I am a resident and have been for several years. At the very least, they should make the permit equal to the registration charge.


I hear ya. However, while I've not had the pleasure of driving a company car, I tend to think that this issue revolves around ownership of the car (and by extension its registration) and not your residency status. Don't know the particulars of your company, etc. but mine agrees to take care of parking fees, gas, etc. on those occasions where I've had to use my car for business. I would guess that your company annually budgets for gas, mileage, lease, maintenance of car, insurance, etc. for its company cars. What's another $300 on the automobile line item?

Posted on: 2007/1/15 22:44
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