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Abacus Avenue Property Management
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Hi Guys,

I need some advice here. At the turn of the new year, my condo association signed a contract (which I don't have access to) with Abacus Avenue Property Management. Until then, we had been self-managing for 7+ years. Not everyone agreed, but we made the switch to Abacus because many owners started moving out over the years and renting out their units as investment properties. Therefore, in theory, no one would be home to take care of things if we had an emergency/needed repairs/etc.

Almost immediately after Abacus took over, we had a leak from the roof that caused water damage to the common area ceiling on the top floor of our building. It took over 2 weeks for Abacus to send someone to tar/patch up the roof, and now OVER TWO MONTHS later, we still do not have the water damaged ceiling repaired. I have called several times, and emailed many more times, and I hardly get an answer. When I do it's usually something curt like, "We don't have an estimate for the repairs yet," without any further explanation.

I'm at my wit's end here, and wanted to see if anyone has run into a similar problem and what you might suggest to be able to finally fix this. It's become a complete farce. We are paying this company a significant amount of money each month to do nothing but pay our bills for us, and it's infuriating.

Thanks in advance.

Posted on: 2016/4/29 13:40
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Re: Ramsey Rt 17 Station
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FamousMortimer wrote:
Former long term resident of Ramsey here - the Rt. 17 train station is honestly pretty low traffic most of the time. It never really took off to the degree that was initially projected.

The real competition is for parking passes for the Main Street lots because those are generally more convenient for most residents of the town - it really depends on where in town you want to buy.



Thank you!

Posted on: 2016/3/9 14:39
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Ramsey Rt 17 Station
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Me and my fiance are considering making the move up to Ramsey partly due to the express train that runs from the Ramsey Rt 17 station, but I wanted to see if anyone knows what this station might be like during rush hour. I see that it has nearly 1,300 parking spots - which is great - but I wonder if it's a nightmare getting in or out of.

We'll probably go as far as staying over nearby and checking it out one morning for ourselves, but in the meantime, any advice/knowledge of that station would be a huge help.

Thanks!

Posted on: 2016/3/8 17:13
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Re: Microphone/speaker rental for wedding ceremony
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awesome! thanks! very helpful.

Posted on: 2015/11/2 21:27
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Microphone/speaker rental for wedding ceremony
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I'm getting ahead of the game for my wedding next year, and wanted to see if anyone has had to rent portable speakers and a microphone for a wedding ceremony, and could recommend a good place in the area to do that.

Thanks!

Posted on: 2015/11/2 19:07
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Re: Is anyone else having a problem with parking permits
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Took almost a month after I mailed in my renewal forms (and some minor correction to the address that I've been living at for 7 years where somehow the JCPA spelled it "Jhersey City.") I made a couple of calls to JCPA over the first three weeks and said they had a "huge pile of mail here" and that they wouldn't be ticketing. Sure enough they didn't ticket, and I just received my new permit over the weekend.

Posted on: 2015/10/19 16:43
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Re: New No Parking signs - Beware - 4th and Coles
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bodhipooh wrote:
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cuse04 wrote:
On a somewhat related note, has anyone else been waiting on new parking permits? I sent in the renewal form at least 3 weeks ago. I called JCPA a week ago and they said they, "have a huge pile of mail here" and are essentially just behind. They told me that they won't be issuing tickets, which they haven't (because my permit expired on 9/30), but I'm wondering what's going on.


Can't speak to the delay in getting permit renewals, but I can say that showing up in person is the absolute best way to go. When I went to the office to get my permit, it took me 10 minutes to get it all done and I walked out with my permit on hand. When I walked in, there was no one there besides the woman in charge of helping customers, and two other employees hanging out. The three of them were just chitchatting, so not much work getting done, but were very friendly and quickly took care of me.


Definitely true if you are in the area Mon-Fri 8am-6pm! I just called again, and they said it was mailed out yesterday. We'll see!

Posted on: 2015/10/14 17:50
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Re: New No Parking signs - Beware - 4th and Coles
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On a somewhat related note, has anyone else been waiting on new parking permits? I sent in the renewal form at least 3 weeks ago. I called JCPA a week ago and they said they, "have a huge pile of mail here" and are essentially just behind. They told me that they won't be issuing tickets, which they haven't (because my permit expired on 9/30), but I'm wondering what's going on.

Posted on: 2015/10/14 14:12
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Re: PSE&G Jackhammer Nightmare
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No notice on 6th Street either. Just emergency parking bulletins that went up on Tuesday before they started on Wednesday, which is BS.

Am I naive to think that milling/paving will be done in the Spring when this is all done? They milled and paved about 5 years ago, and the streets were nice for a while...

Posted on: 2015/9/24 18:59
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Re: OVEN REPAIR
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Quote:

HPYC wrote:
Give Castro Refrigeration a shot. We've used them for washer/dryer issues and had good experiences. Don't have their number handy but a web search yielded (201) 435-0492.


Thanks!

Posted on: 2015/9/21 18:31
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Re: OVEN REPAIR
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Hi,

This thread is a bit old, so I wanted to see if anyone had recommendations for oven repair.

I did a HomeAdvisor search, and Ken from Ken's Appliance Repairs told me he would come on Monday and wasn't sure what time, but would call that morning. On Sunday night (Sunday night!!) he called and left a voicemail with me telling me to call him back to confirm that we're still on and that he would be there from "11am-2pm" the next day. He called my fiance at 1:30 pm Monday saying that he would be there within 45 minutes to an hour. He called her at 2:30 to say that he couldn't find parking, and had been "circling around for 45 minutes." He said he was going to keep trying, but that he had "already wasted enough time" and hung up on her. When I called him 15 minutes later, he said that he was going to have to leave if he couldn't find any parking. I've lived in my neighborhood for 8 years and it's never taken me more than 15 minutes to find parking. This guy is a joke. The last I spoke to him, he said he was on his bluetooth and that he would call me back once he got back to his office because we couldn't hear each other. He never called back.

Anyway, rant aside, we also tried Jim's Arctic Air, but never got a call back.

We have a GE gas oven that was installed 7 years ago, and need someone to come out and take a look because it dies out after 10-20 minutes after firing up.

Thanks in advance.

Posted on: 2015/9/17 15:38
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Re: Non Traditional NJ Wedding Venues
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Pebble wrote:
I once performed a wedding in a gazebo in Spring Lake. It was across the street from the reception location. I can't recall the name as it's been a long time.

There is also the possibility of doing the wedding on the beach itself. This would depend upon the number of people going, but I'm sure towns would have no problem providing a permit to use a section of a beach for a wedding and then locating a reception hall nearby.

In terms of different ideas... rent out a large Victorian in a shore town with some property. Use the property to have the wedding. The front door acts as the main stage. A large enough front yard could have some folding chairs (or people stand depending upon how long the wedding service is). Then you use the yard, pool, etc for food and fun.

A dance floor could be easily built from wood. DJs have their own equipment for speakers and such. There are party groups that rent out chairs, tents, etc. Then you get yourself a solid catering company.


Thanks. This is exactly what we're thinking. Contacting the town for permits (seems like some do and some don't require that), and then finding a reception hall nearby.

I spoke to someone about using Air BNB for your second suggestions, but I'll have to look into that more. My fiance read somewhere that most owners will not let you have the wedding at their place.

Posted on: 2015/8/27 14:17
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Non Traditional NJ Wedding Venues
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Hi,

My fiance and I just got engaged and are looking to get married in July or August of 2016. We know we need to get a move on, but were wondering if anyone had suggestions for great non traditional wedding venues that we can rent out (bring our own catering in, etc). Ideally, we'd like to be within a 20 minute drive from a shore town ... doesn't matter where on the shore. Anywhere from Sandy Hook to Cape May will do.

Thanks in advance!

Posted on: 2015/8/27 13:31
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Re: Torico's Ice Cream
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bodhipooh wrote:
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jc_dweller wrote:
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cuse04 wrote:
Anyone else noticing that Torico have gotten really stingy with their cones in the past year or so? I don't mind paying $4 a cone if it's huge like they use to be, but now it's getting a little ridiculous. I still love the place, but it's getting hard to rationalize spending $8 on two cones for me and my girlfriend every time we go.


I have to admit, I still think their cones are pretty big. Just last weekend I was thinking to myself that they are awfully generous. Maybe you got an unlucky scoop?


Definitely a luck of the draw thing. Two visits ago, my daughter was served a ridiculously small scoop, and I am pretty sure we were also charged wrong. Next two visits: good sized cones and slightly lower total price. Our last visit, two weekends ago, we got two cones with plenty of ice cream in each.


yeah, i think part of it is that we typically go on sunday nights -- which have always been busy, but are now insane.

Posted on: 2015/8/6 13:29
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Re: Torico's Ice Cream
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Anyone else noticing that Torico have gotten really stingy with their cones in the past year or so? I don't mind paying $4 a cone if it's huge like they use to be, but now it's getting a little ridiculous. I still love the place, but it's getting hard to rationalize spending $8 on two cones for me and my girlfriend every time we go.

Posted on: 2015/8/4 16:34
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Re: Ice cream cake?
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BugsyBoy wrote:
I had an ice cream cake from Toricos for my birthday party a few years back. Chocolate peanut butter ice cream, vanilla ice cream, crunch and fudge in the middle. People are still talking about it. I mean like everybody.


I had virtually the same cake for my birthday in December, and had similar responses! Torico is pricey, but I never mind paying it. It's so damn good. Carvel is a joke comparatively.

Posted on: 2015/7/31 14:45
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Reliable Roofers?
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Does anyone have a roofing company that they could recommend? My building is looking into potentially having the roof serviced, if not replaced altogether.

Thanks!

Posted on: 2015/7/29 15:10
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Re: Engagement Rings
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This is extremely helpful guys. I really appreciate it!

Posted on: 2015/7/23 15:21
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Re: Engagement Rings
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Quote:

SRhia wrote:
Good luck and best wishes to you on the new chapter in your life!!!


Thanks!

Posted on: 2015/7/22 13:21
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Re: Engagement Rings
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Quote:

JCCoffee wrote:
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JcDevil wrote:
You will not, ever, do better than the Diamond District in Manhattan. Simple as that. Not even online.

They'll even ship it to you in NJ so they don't have to charge sales tax.


I respectfully disagree. This may be true in some instances, but this is certainly not an absolute.

It's real easy to get the lowest price for a diamond. The trick most people fall into is thinking two diamonds are similar but not realizing the lower priced diamond may be of lower quality (many places in the Diamond District only sell diamonds of average to poor quality but will market it as a good diamond). Once you find similar diamonds in multiple stores, start the negotiating and see which one offers the lowest price.

ONLY look at diamonds that are GIA or AGS certified (all the other certification agencies are terrible and I would never rely on one of them when I buy a diamond). AGS is actually better in some cases because their grading of cut takes into consideration many aspects of the diamond GIA does not (the appropriate angles, table width, etc.).

Some respectable online places that I would not hesitate to buy from are:

Whiteflash, James Allen, Blue Nile

A good place to educate youself on diamond quality and price is:
http://www.pricescope.com/forum/rockytalky/

Good luck!


Thank you!

Posted on: 2015/7/22 13:21
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Re: Engagement Rings
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Quote:

landshark wrote:
Try Jewelry Patch (501 7th Avenue)

It is a small shop located on 7th between 37th and 38th so easy to get to from PATH. It is run by a friend of a friend's father and where my engagement ring was purchased.


Thanks! Pretty solid reviews on Yelp about Cliff

Posted on: 2015/7/21 16:53
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Re: Engagement Rings
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Quote:

JcDevil wrote:
You will not, ever, do better than the Diamond District in Manhattan. Simple as that. Not even online.

They'll even ship it to you in NJ so they don't have to charge sales tax.


Thanks. Appreciate the advice. Guess I just had a bad experience there previously. Do you have any stores in particular that you would recommend there?

Posted on: 2015/7/21 16:39
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Re: Engagement Rings
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BobNesta wrote:
wanna get ripped off? go to a jeweler in the mall. Wanna pay what you should pay, go to a trusted jeweler in a place that sketches you out.


Any advice for a "trusted jeweler in a place that sketches you out" then?

Posted on: 2015/7/21 16:34
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Engagement Rings
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Does anyone have advice for a jeweler to go to for an engagement ring? Preferably not in the Newport Mall (no offense to those two stores), or in the Diamond District in Manhattan (which sketches me out).

Ideally looking for an established shop with friendly people who don't try to pressure or take advantage.

Thanks!

Posted on: 2015/7/21 16:21
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Re: Best brunch downtown JC
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Top two: Marco and Pepe and GP's

Posted on: 2015/7/21 16:10
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Re: Are parking rules suspended Friday for Labor Day?
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Assuming you're talking about tomorrow, July 3rd? I just called the Parking Authority, and parking rules are not in effect tomorrow.

Posted on: 2015/7/2 13:19
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Re: Great Rye Bread?
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Excellent stuff. Thank you, guys!

Posted on: 2015/6/25 13:16
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Great Rye Bread?
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It seems at though Raritan Bakery will no longer be bringing rye bread to the Grove Street farmers market, as "it's no longer profitable" for them.

Does anyone have suggestions on where to find a great loaf of rye bread in the area?

Thanks!

Posted on: 2015/6/22 21:17
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Re: What's going there?
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by the way - what's being built next to choc-o-pain on jersey between columbus and newark?

Posted on: 2015/6/2 19:38
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Re: What's going there?
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it's really too bad about this place. the space itself is solid, but i've felt that they've always had an identity crisis, and never knew what they wanted to be. whether it was powerhouse lounge, 6th borough, or ... powerhouse again.

Posted on: 2015/6/2 19:36
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