Saturday Dog Walks at Lord Stirling Stable

dogwalkdebbie_weismanSaturday, March 25th at 10:15 am

The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable Saturday Dog Walks on the trails at Somerset County Park Commission Lord Stirling Stable, 256 South Maple Avenue in Basking Ridge, NJ, will continue weekly on the fall and winter time schedule.

Check-in time for owners and their pets will begin at 10:15 A.M.  The guided trail walk will commence at 10:30 A.M. and last for approximately one hour.

Registration is $3 per dog and all pets must be leashed and kept under control at all times. These sanctioned Dog Walks offer participants the only opportunity to explore the beautiful equestrian trails of Lord Stirling Stable on foot.

For more information, contact Martha at 973-635-8672.  For directions, call Lord Stirling Stable at 908-766-5955.

Morris Museum hosted its third annual nanoscience event

from_left_to_right_mhs_student_jan_franco_with_anya_ariel_sasha_and_levi-1489067938-425On Saturday March 4th, Morristown High School students taught young children about the wonders of the nano world and its latest science and technologies. They weren’t alone as their teacher, Mariel Kolker, managed and ensured that everything ran evenly. The students of Morristown High School brought their knowledge and information from their class to demonstrate the fascinating complexities of nanoscience.

These students are part of a new class at Morristown High School called Nanoscale Science & Engineering, in which they learn all about how materials and substances change their behavior when brought down to the nanoscale. Looking beyond the way materials behave at the macro (human) scale, they explore things like the effects of viscosity and movement at the molecular level, the behavior of materials at the nanoscale and how they react to light, forces, etc. Students applied what they learned as they developed and delivered kid-friendly exhibits for young children to explore at the Morris Museum.

This project was made possible by a generous grant from the Morris Educational Foundation.
For more information on these events contact Mariel.Kolker@msdk12.net

More Homes Sold, Fewer Available

2017-03-02_11-47-28via The New York Times – According to data from the National Association of Realtors, the number of existing homes sold in 2016 was the highest in a decade: 5.45 million single-family houses, townhouses, condominiums and co-ops were sold, up 3.8 percent from 5.25 million in 2015. The previous high, in 2006, was 6.48 million.

All but the least expensive homes (those priced up to $100,000) showed an increase in sales, with the greatest gains for homes priced between $250,000 and $500,000.

Not surprisingly, by the end of 2016 the number of existing homes for sale had dropped 6.3 percent compared with a year earlier, to 1.65 million — the lowest number since the National Association of Realtors began tracking that figure in 1999. Coupled with rising interest rates, that could make buying a home more challenging in 2017.

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Summer STEM Program

If your child loves to play with their hands, build structures, devour a computer, and learn all about STEM, sign them up for Summer STEM Institute! A new bus route will allow residents from Sparta and surrounding areas to participate in this exciting and innovative program. The bus will pick up and drop off from Morristown High School located on Early Street during the week of July 24th.

The Summer STEM Institute (SSI) in Cedar Knolls offers fun, co-ed programs for youth entering grades 1 – 6. Children will work in teams, meet new friends and perform hands-on experiments that make science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) come alive. The SSI program has been designed and vetted by STEM educators and professionals to be fun and age-appropriate. Hands-on activities help students learn the academic concepts behind the experiments.

The program will be held for five weeks at the local Boy Scout headquarters in Cedar Knolls beginning July 10th. Males and females entering grades 1- 6 will spend their days building carts, working on circuit boards, programing robotics, learning about astronomy, and so much more!

The program is aimed to welcome children who are not already enrolled in the Scouting program and have an interest in STEM, however Scouts may attend to earn STEM NOVA badges.

For more information about Summer STEM Institute visit www.summerstem.org or contact Bill SanFilippo, STEM program director, at bill.sanfilippo@scouting.org.

The Dos and Don’ts of Renting Your First Home

how-to-rent-your-first-apartment-2-768x512Renting a property isn’t always as straightforward as you might think, and there are several important considerations when starting your search for somewhere to live. Some dos and don’ts are worth observing:

Don’t rush – it’s tempting to jump at the chance of renting a property you really like the look of, but take your time and go through the following dos and don’ts carefully.

Do check the location is right for you – is the property in the best location to meet your needs? How close is it to your workplace? How good are transport links? Are the amenities you desire within easy reach?

Research the neighborhood as far as you can. Use a map resource such as this one to start, then ideally visit it and take a thorough look round and check out the whereabouts of amenities.

Do set a budget – rentals obviously vary by type of property, location and by specific area. You may have to budget for higher rentals if you have to – or simply want to – live in a specific part of the country. For example, San Francisco or New York would be at the higher end of the scale.

To get a feel for rentals by area and types of property available check out online resources. For example, if you’re looking in the Houston area you can use a resource such as ForRent to search for suitable properties in this thriving Texan city.

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SIMPLE TIPS TO CREATE A PURE HOME

2017-01-31_10-14-24When you think about creating a better lifestyle for you and your family, you may first consider factors such as healthy eating and exercise. However, things as simple as a clean kitchen or stocking your pantry with gentle products can create a pure home and help to benefit you and your family’s health and happiness.

Creating a pure home environment doesn’t have to be something that is done all at once. You can gradually integrate new habits and better-for-you products for cleaner living. Get started with these ideas:

Eliminate clutter. A cluttered room isn’t just unattractive; it can also affect your state of mind. Toss unnecessary items and organize what remains for a space that is both functional and soothing.

Stop dirt in its tracks. Using a floor mat at every door will help trap debris carried in on shoes from outdoors. You can take another step to help keep dirt and germs safely outside by asking all who enter the home to remove their shoes at the door. Continue reading

Development In Morristown: Something Old, Something New

morristown-nj-real-estate-development-1285x840via Jersey Digs – One of the oldest towns in New Jersey has become the poster child for “smart growth” and with the continued shift towards walkable living being desired, the military capital of the American Revolution is adding some modern housing to its historic landscape.

Morristown, just over 18,000 people and about 40 miles from NYC, is undeniably farther removed from the region’s urban core than other growing downtowns. However, it does feature direct train service to Penn Station, which helped their population grow by almost 15% during the 1990s.

State officials took notice, designating Morristown as of one of New Jersey’s first “transit villages” back in 1999. Those efforts, along with a revamped zoning code and a few redevelopment plans, have jolted life and development into areas near South Street, the town’s main drag.

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