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Re: Jersey City Council set to vote on Climate and Energy Action Plan that projects $21M in savings
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Unfortunately, a lot of what is in that plan is unicorns and rainbows. The attempt to 'electrify' of all buildings and cars will be especially disappointing...

Posted on: 5/12 20:07
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Replicating old-fashioned doors? manufacturers?
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I have a townhouse that I am looking to replicate the typical double doors that you see on a brownstone. The original oak double doors that were on the place when I bought it years ago were not salvageable. The building is not in a historic district so I can be flexible with the materials to keep the costs from getting too insane.

Anyone here recommend a outfit that makes the doors? I found a few online with some based out of Brooklyn. Curious if anyone has experience with one in particular.

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Posted on: 5/12 20:03
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Re: Low Commission real estate agents
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Thanks for the feedback...

I haven't had to deal with an agent in years. My overall impression of the industry (as a buyer), from past experience, is pretty low.

No-shows for appointments
Trying to sabotage a written contact so not to have to share a commission.
Blatant lying / deception
etc. etc.

I ended up finding an agent that gave me access to the MLS guide (this was before everything was online), I printed stuff out, saw the properties, and gave the agent the ones I wanted to see. Then again.. I was still in my 20s, so nobody took me seriously.

The last sale I did I put an ad in the paper and on the internet and sold it myself. However, I was single then with no kid, so I had more time.

I am putting properties on the market in early summer, after a number of minor upgrades are complete. Just trying to figure out how I am going to go about the sale.

Posted on: 4/8 13:30
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Low Commission real estate agents
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Anyone here have good / bad / indifferent experience with low (i.e. 2%) commissions for selling a property?

Posted on: 4/7 17:47
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Re: Council Approves Controversial STEM High School
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Quote:

caj11 wrote:
So how much more will our property taxes be going up to pay for this, in addition to the special property tax to pay for the arts?


Fulop also announced a new microgrid initiative that will run on 100% greenhouse gas free power. I doubt those unicorns farting rainbows are going to come cheap.

Posted on: 3/26 17:55
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Re: Council Approves Fair Ballots and Rent Freeze
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Is this a "temporary" measure, like the original rent control ordinances that never go away?

Posted on: 3/12 15:04
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Re: PSE&G Supply Energy Question
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My contract expires this month. Best locked rate I can find is Frontier Energy at $0.1179 per kWh for 12 months. Anyone see a better rate offered out there?

Posted on: 2/4 21:33
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Computer Repair Recommendation
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I have a home theater PC that went out of warranty about a month ago and has suddenly developed a hardware issue that has me stumped.

Any local recommendations?

Posted on: 1/17 22:38
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Re: Property Tax Hike
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There is logic to this:

JC has an issue with building over-stuffed with people. Two buildings within blocks of me were examples. One had 60 people living in a Bayonne Box style 2 family. The landlord was charging each about $600 a month for enough space for a mattress (tenants were all from India). The place got busted by the fire department after they went in the building due to a small fire.

Number of people in a building directly affects the water consumption and the amount of trash produced. So basing it on water consumption would help hit places like I described above.

NJ is shipping trash to all the way PA and VA. Garbage disposal costs are really out of control here in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.


Quote:

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Whatever the connection/relationship between long showers & solid waste generation might be in order to establish such a tax assessment metric is Hell & Far beyond me to explain....... IMHO Ridiculous.....

Posted on: 1/13 21:05
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Re: Property Tax Hike
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"Recycling" regime collapsed after China created a near total ban on scrap imports in 2018 (with India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and other countries following suit). Pre-ban municipalities got paid to have their recycling taken away. Now, recycling costs more than regular trash, with most of it sitting in warehouses, dumped in landfills, or burned in WtE plants.

Municipal budgets in particular in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states are being blown out as a result.




Posted on: 1/3 22:34
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Re: Affordable Housing rents are being increased during the pandemic.
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Quote:

trucker wrote:

(PS, what idiots vote FOR a tax increase during a pandemic where people are losing income? Or do we use Dominion voting machines in NJ?)


The ones who vote for it are the ones who think they aren't paying for it, since the tax only hits property owners directly. Issues like this have always been a major flaw with democracy... Two wolves and a sheep voting on what's for dinner.

I have heard rumors that some members of the city council have been wanting to expand rent control down to single family homes. Currently, a building with 4 or fewer units is exempt from rent control in JC. NJ has a law (or at least had one.. have to check) that new construction is exempt from local rent control for a minimum of 5 years.

I see me doing sales and / or condo conversions in my future if rent control is expanded.

Posted on: 12/28 13:21
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Re: Snow Wednesday 12/16/20?
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Quote:

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Sitting here staring out the window... MDM, what's the word on prospective snow this coming week?


Models show 5 - 8 inches of wet slop up to 20 inches of wet snow (shovel the flat roof time for me). Air temps are right near the freezing point, so if the storm moves a little inland we get more rain. Stays out to sea, we get way more snow.

The sea surface temperatures off the coast are well above average this year. Which is why we keep getting these Nor'easters . Lots of energy to feed the storms.


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Posted on: 12/16 12:45
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Opinions on the School Board candidates?
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Looking at my ballot... I haven't paid much attention to the school board elections..

Any opinions on the two groups running?

Posted on: 2020/10/30 16:02
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Re: Take a Minute & STOP the NJ BEAR HUNT
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Hudson County was the only county in NJ that didn't have bears..

Well that changed


A bear was spotted running around a busy part of Hudson County this weekend, leaving police and people living nearby quite surprised. News 12 spoke to neighbors who say they saw police officers on their block in the middle of the night and were wondering what happened. They ran outside and they saw a bear on the roof of a garage on Passaic Street in Harrison.
Neighbors say it's very unusual, and that it is a busy area and they have never seen a bear there before. Police first received reports of the bear near Wawa in Kearny at around 4 p.m.



And Gov. Murphy has announced there will be no more bear hunts...

Posted on: 2020/10/12 15:22
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Re: PSE&G Supply Energy Question
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My rate lock just expired. Anyone know of a supplier who is offering a fixed rate under $0.11 per kWh for 6 months or longer?

Posted on: 2020/9/16 13:18
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Who is running to replace Yun in Ward D?
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I see a few signs around for someone on Fulop's slate. Anyone else running.

Going to miss Yun. He was the smartest, most level headed of the councilpersons.

Posted on: 2020/9/12 21:25
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Re: Isaias Hurricane track
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Quote:

jerseymom wrote:
MDM - any local updates for potential impact from Laura? Some of the models are showing it could pass over NJ.


Most models show the storm remnants passing south of us, then strengthening back to a tropical storm once it gets off shore. So so far, just some rain and clouds.

Weatherbell thinks there might be something threatening us around Labor Day though. No details yet.

Posted on: 2020/8/26 21:18
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Re: Isaias Hurricane track
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A system came off of Africa that might track to the East coast late next week.


Just FYI

Posted on: 2020/8/17 16:59
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Re: Someone poop in the water supply?
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Quote:

neverleft wrote:
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(Joe Dirt: I got the poo on me!)



Water does not have to be boiled for the following activities:
?showering,
?washing dishes, using a dishwasher; and
?washing clothes.



https://www.mysuezwater.com/news/boil- ... visory-issued-jersey-city


If you click the link within that message to the original bulletin, it says you have to boil if 'hand washing dishes'. The post above, given the comma placement, says your don't.

Posted on: 2020/8/15 13:14
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Someone poop in the water supply?
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Got a robocall from Suez. We are under a boil advisory due to E-coli bacteria being found in the water. This includes any water used to make ice cubes.

Posted on: 2020/8/15 0:02
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Introductory martial arts for young kids?
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Anyone here recommend a place that has classes for very young kids on this side of the Hudson river? Looking for something for my son.

Practicing Judo as a kid was beneficial for me... want to expose my kid at some point. Doesn't have to be Judo though.

Posted on: 2020/8/13 20:17
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Re: Isaias Hurricane track
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Quote:

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So that's it over with for Jersey City?



Yup.. except for scattered showers and some wind.

Storm center is now just South of Albany.

Posted on: 2020/8/4 20:21
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Re: Isaias Hurricane track
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At the time of this post, the storm center is just north of Philly and the major rain bands have moved away from us. It appears the storm is moving a bit faster than forecast.

Other than my lights flickering once and a couple drops of water through two skylights, this hasn't been so bad so far.

Posted on: 2020/8/4 17:51
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Re: Isaias Hurricane track
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Max wind gusts per NAM. I left out the Euro because I found out its wind gust predictions chronically over-estimate:


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Posted on: 2020/8/4 10:35
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Re: Isaias Hurricane track
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Euro and NAM models shifted the storm West again... which is good for us. If this holds true, we have a wind event with not a whole lot of rain.

Euro Rain totals:
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Euro Sustained Winds (peak). Looks like about 65 to 70 MPH (tan area in center).

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NAM rain totals:

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NAM sustained winds (at peak). Looks like about 60 MPH:

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Posted on: 2020/8/4 10:21
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Re: Isaias Hurricane track
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Quote:



How bad is this going to be vs. Sandy?


I imagine not as bad. Sandy had a number of factors that came together to make a super storm surge:

Big (wide) storm with a low pressure.

The storm took a 'hard left turn' coming up the coast, which drove surge towards the shore.

It came in during a king high tide.

If Sandy came in at low tide, it would have been nothing special for a Nor'Easter.

A real disaster would be a repeat of the 1821 hurricane which is estimated to have been a strong Cat 3 when it hit NYC. The storm surge flooded Manhattan past Canal St. That storm came in at low tide!

Posted on: 2020/8/3 18:37
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Re: Isaias Hurricane track
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Euro model lunchtime update:

Storm track shifted East. More wind less rain for us...

Rain Totals:
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Max Sustained surface winds for us:
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Looks like near 70 MPH for Long Island. 60+ MPH hits the Jersey Shore as the storm move up the coast.

Wind Gust Swath:
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Gusts up to 90 MPH

Posted on: 2020/8/3 18:29
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Re: Isaias Hurricane track
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Quote:

MDM wrote:
I am trying to read NOAA's storm surge estimates. Best I can tell, it looks like +5 to 7 ft for us.



High Tide August 4th: 9:50 PM.

Eye-wall arrives around 8:00 PM.

Posted on: 2020/8/3 14:52
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Re: Isaias Hurricane track
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Weatherbell has their track farther East, with a Cat 1 hitting middle of Long Island. Their track follows the HMON hurricane model. GIF of the HMON storm track with sustained surface winds:

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Posted on: 2020/8/3 13:51
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Re: Isaias Hurricane track
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I am trying to read NOAA's storm surge estimates. Best I can tell, it looks like +5 to 7 ft for us.

Posted on: 2020/8/3 13:38
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