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Re: infant daycare options in downtown JC?
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We used Scandi School and were pleased with at the time - be careful if switching to another daycare or school setting as their application and fees are due ahead of other school's admission notification and the tuition deposit is non refundable. We pulled our daughter out before kindergarden (which was recently started there) and have head mixed reviews from parents whose children stayed on for it.

At HPMS and very happy now.

Re Growing Tree - were you aware of this incident a few years ago? Other than 9/11, I can't recall seeing that level of emergency workers out in full force for those kids...

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style ... -report-article-1.1936256

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Re: 808 Pavonia Project Approved
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I'm optimistic that this project will green light through to completion - the area needs revitalization and it starts, I believe, with bringing residents - the cashflow will then warrant new restaurants, school improvement, etc.

Posted on: 7/19 17:54
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Re: Cleaning Service
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We use Maid in JC & <3 them!

Posted on: 7/19 17:40
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Mason / Front Porch Contractor
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Exterior cement steps leading up to the second floor of our home probably need to be ripped down. Area outside of the first floor, same thing. Might be a good time to install a permanent pump under the porch to remove storm water drainage. Any suggestions for contractors? Thanks, in advance.

Posted on: 7/7 12:57
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Re: Property Tax Appeal - Comparable Sales
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The deadline for appeal is quickly approaching. Where would I go to find comparable sales for a time period? Thanks, in advance for any advice.

Posted on: 3/21 19:58
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Children's Birthday Parties
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I've attended 3 kid-parties this past weekend, including the one that I threw for my 6 year old daughter - held at Bambino Chef. Just wanted to give a shout out to this awesome space on Newark Ave. - the kids are fully engaged in healthy cooking (this is a theme, taken seriously by Rene, the owner, as covered with food donations to schools, community involvement, etc) and the parents have seats & tables & food (either catered or brought in themselves) to relax and chill in. The weekend parties last 1.5 - 2 hours long (perfect) and the kids are fed while they are cooking and engaged in games and singing.
The other parties this weekend were at Fun Plex (Rt. 10) and Jsut 4 Kids (Hoboken). Each were between 2-4 hours, pretty chaotic and parents were starving and grumpy.
I hear lots of folks talking here about the importance of "supporting local businesses" so I thought that I'd give a shout out here. Cross reference on Yelp and Google - everyone raves about this place.

Posted on: 3/5 17:54
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Re: Appraiser for appraisal - property tax appeal
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Reviving this thread as I'd like to challenge my taxes. The links, below, are now either unavailable or the .com biz is now defunct. Any other helpful suggestions are appreciated, thanks.

Posted on: 3/2 22:13
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Property Tax Appeal
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With the April 1st deadline quickly approaching, I'm wondering whether anyone has successfully appealed their property tax bill on their own? Is it straightforward enough or worth tossing $ at a lawer to properly execute? Thanks much, in advance.

Posted on: 3/2 15:04
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Re: So with the snow is there still trash & recycling pickup? (2-9-17)
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i just reached out to Our mayor via Facebook and he replied that both garbage & recycling are a GO for tonight. Gotta applaud the team out working on such a cold night - the mayor too.

Posted on: 2/9 19:57
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Re: Liquor License Cost & Availability?
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Guillo's is officially back on the market.
If you have a spare $2.8M lying around, please act now, haha!

http://www.delfornorealestate.com/category/investments/

Posted on: 2/8 0:01
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Re: Learning Community Charter School
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A year ago I entered the lottery drawing on the very last day that it was offered. It was the first time I had applied and I was hoping to gain admission to Kindergarden. Priority is given to siblings of children already in attendance and the likelihood of gaining admission was something like 3%.

Guess what? We won.
Guess where my daughter goes to school today? Same school that she had been attending previously.

I requested a classroom observation - I wanted to sit in the rear of a class for 20-30 minutes to gain some perspective on what was going on inside the walls. Two requests were denied with, "we don't allow that sort of thing here."

I sat outside the school and watched afternoon pick up for a few days - disciplinary issues spilling onto the sidewalks.

I spoke with a friend who's served on their board of director's for the past several years - she reminded me that test scores are linked to funding and drilling for test taking starts 90 days before an exam period. She shared that the school was underfunded, there had been many changes from the top down - some for the better and some for the worst.

Lastly, I spoke with a Kindergarden teacher at Golden Door Charter School who filled me in on a typical work day there - kids coming to school knowing way to much about grown up issues, i.e. Domestic abuse, hunger, alcoholism, etc. She also reinforced the attention to test prep - state funding is a constant element.

In the end we decided to decline and give our seat to a family that genuinely wanted to get out of whatever school they were currently enrolled in. Friends said that we were crazy - many families hold parties when they finally land a coveted slot in the school system. It was the right decision for us and I am sure that another family was thrilled.

Posted on: 1/26 22:06
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Private Grammar School Options - Downtown
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We're in Hamilton Park Montessori and all's going well. It's our 3rd year there and mini me's in kindergarten. Many families pull their kids out when a second child arrives on the scene because, let's face it, the cost of tuition x2 + property taxes = unbearable.

The school was established 10 years ago and has accomplished much: full time literacy/speech/music/gym instructors, Stem program, a sports team, talk of a theater group, after school programs, etc.

With a shortage of daycare in the area - they've converted the kid's kitchen into a classroom for the little ones and split another classroom in half to accommodate another class of 3, 4 and 5 year olds. So a high concentration of little people and fewer older students.

Wondering what your experiences have been like in some of the other schools that go through 8th grade, i.e. Stevens, The French Academy, etc. There are also some newer schools in the area and I'd be interested to learn of positive / negative feedback from any of those.

Thanks in advance.

Posted on: 12/27 21:45
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Re: Vogue Cafe - new French cafe on York & Marin
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Stopped in yesterday and had to exercise considerable discipline to prevent myself from buying every single thing on the display. Settled for a pain au chocolat and a plain croissant - simply amazing. The bill was $7.00 - which I thought was completely fair. By comparison - has anyone recently purchased pastries at Smith & Chang - want to support them but pricing = crazytown.

The warm scent of butter hits you as you walk in and the space and it has been repainted and fixed up since Tommy's was there.

I love Choco Pain - but have to say that competition is a good thing and this new spot is certainly a welcome newcomer to the area. I wish them well and will be back again with a larger appetite.

Yay for all of us.


Posted on: 2016/11/17 10:53
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Re: Jersey City school board election November 8, 2016
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Has Fulup backed any of the candidates so far?

Posted on: 2016/10/30 20:09
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Plastic Take Out Containers - Banned
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I wish we could follow France's lead and put the kabosh on plastic take out containers. We order infrequently (once every week or two) for 2 adults and I find myself running the plastic food containers through the dishwasher and stockpiling in the basement.

By year's end, I have an enormous pile of containers that were used just once. I lug them to Thanksgiving or Christmas meals with the family and everyone's happy to pack a doggy bag for the road using them.
Besides that second use - they're tossed into our recyling bin.

I'd be willing to pay a bit more for take out if the restaurants supplied biodegradable take out containers. The Cinnamon Snail food truck used to do this - maybe also, The Taco Truck?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wo ... astic-plates-and-cutlery/

Posted on: 2016/10/16 18:07
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Re: dry cleaner for velvet drapes
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Dry cleaner at the corner of Newark/Coles is a family owned, plant that cleans on site. I've always been happy with cleaning, alterations, etc. They are fairly priced and turn around is fast.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/star-cleaners-jersey-city

Posted on: 2016/9/25 17:02
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Re: Crash on Jersey Ave, Friday Night Aug 5
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I was 9 1/2 months pregnant and doing the big, pre-baby, house purge one fine February day. As I drove down Washington Street in Hoboken to drop off book and clothing donations I gingerly cruised through an amber traffic light.
I was promptly pulled over by a police car and despite hormonal tears, pleading, my enormous belly, etc. I was swiftly handed a summons.
No one parks illegally in Hoboken because the police are *hot on them* with ticketing, booting and towing. It raises an enormous sum of revenue for our neighboring town and is such low hanging fruit to implement and enforce.
I'd like to see more of a traffic police presence here in JC. Almost everyone I know has been clipped by a car that just kept driving.

Posted on: 2016/9/17 12:06
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Re: Union Republic -- Impressive New Place on Newark Ave @ Third Street
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Agreed - very little veg food...we wanted to support it but walked out when there were only a few items on the menu to choose from. Most restaurants will make some attempt to cover vegetarians but UR, not so much. Same issue with Talde - nothing on the menu. I'm sad to see any business leave...the space will probably be quickly rented to a daycare provider.

Posted on: 2016/9/8 12:43
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Re: Key Found: Hamilton Park
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Nope, just a random key on a caribiner. Guess it might make sense to simply rack it up on an announce board at the par's corner.

Posted on: 2016/8/29 22:13
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Key Found: Hamilton Park
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I never know what to do with these things that I find and so will post here and also on Next Door. If you've lost keys or know of someone who has - please PM me. Thanks.

Posted on: 2016/8/23 19:19
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Re: Virile Barber Shop
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Keep passing this shop and it's always closed. Anyone know whether it's still in business? Thnx.

Posted on: 2016/8/12 7:18
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Re: Lawyer - Writing a Will
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Thanks for the suggestions - @gotothecorner, I'm on the same page with you here...would rather pay for a professional and address estate planning, custody issues, etc.
I also appreciate the funeral directives as the will docs cannot be immediately accessible.

A father of my daughter's grade school classmate was dressing for his workday a few weeks ago and suddenly died. Another dad we know was driving to the beach, pulled over to phone his wife (complaining of chest pain) and died suddenly in the car.

No one thinks that it can happen to them - I'll feel better once these docs are in place.

Posted on: 2016/8/5 13:33
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Lawyer - Writing a Will
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Hi - so I have a husband, house & kid but no will. I know, I know, don't judge! NPR had a piece regarding this topic and it jolted me into action. Would greatly appreciate any referrals to a good attorney. Also, how much should I expect to pay? Thanks.

Posted on: 2016/8/4 9:28
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Re: Seeking House Painter Recommendation
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Bumping this topic back up ~ wondering what the current per room cost is for interior painting these days? Also, any recommendations are highly appreciated. Thnx.

Posted on: 2016/6/5 22:36
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Re: What’s the Latest Course in Preschool? Vegan Food
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We're vegetarians and our child attended - but the vegan thing kinda had us shaking our heads - there's a big difference between regular veg-heads and vegans.
Any, mostly a positive experience, however kiddo at -O- prepared food there and arrived home cranky and h-angry (!) every single day. At the age of two she wasn't eating hot soup, roasted veggies and such. We repeatedly asked if we could pack our own food - a request that was denied.
She was given a bowl of Cherrio-style oats to eat at lunch time, as were all of the other kids who refused to eat the fare served there.

Posted on: 2016/4/10 21:09
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Re: Liquor License Cost & Availability?
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If someone purchases a license is it tied to the current location or can it be transferred to another location/establishment?

Posted on: 2016/4/10 21:03
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Re: Liquor License Cost & Availability?
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So again...if liquor lisences are scarce, expensive, etc. why hasn't good 'ol Guillo (Coles & 6th) sold his and retired? So perplexed about this...as someone else stated - he was willing to part with both the lisence AND the building for LESS than the cost of the lisence alone. Makes little sense to me...

Posted on: 2016/4/7 20:18
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Re: The gentrification of ward A & F... The newbies vs the old timers.
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Sadly, I believe that the town you are referencing is Lakewood, NJ. More info here...

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/article ... nd-angry-residents-resist

Posted on: 2016/3/29 16:04
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Re: Downtown JC ObGyn
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This topic's pretty much been covered in a separate thread. I'd seriously reconsider plans to deliver a baby in either Hoboken or JC. I had a perfectly routine pregnancy and got into a lot of trouble in the delivery room. I credit Columbia Presbyterian with saving my life and avoiding an emergency hysterectomy.

The thing about baby delivery to keep in mind is that when things start looking bad, they get bad quickly. You want a top notch NICU in place for the baby and a highly competitive training program in place for the many residents that will be treating you ~ Hoboken & JC lack both.

Good luck to you.

http://jclist.com/modules/newbb/viewt ... _id=387877&keywords=Obgyn

Posted on: 2016/3/28 14:03
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Re: Liquor License Cost & Availability?
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Thanks, Thirsty Quaker. I'm baffled by the lack of financing available ~ I'd liken it to NYC taxi medallions, always in limited supply, exorbitantly priced, etc. but financing readily available. I always imagined that it worked the same way with liquor licenses.

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DtJcQdMf wrote:
How does financing work with liquor licenses?

Despite a liquor license being an asset of sorts, banks won't finance it, because they have no way of foreclosing on it or seizing it (since all transfers have to go to review, and owners of it need a background check and all that). So you have to put up collateral if you want a loan, or borrow money from family/friends. Of course, you could work out a financing agreement directly with the seller, but chances are they won't assume that risk.

Posted on: 2016/3/23 20:43
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