Check out these upcoming events near Marlboro, NJ for June!!
When: June 1, 2013 2:00pm
Where: The Bicycle Hub, 239 Route 79, Morganville (meeting location)
Details: Join Mayor Hornik at the 5th Annual Marlboro Mayor’s Ice Cream Bike and Stroll. Ride or walk on the safe and scenic Henry Hudson Trail followed by a refreshing treat. Presented by: The Bicycle Hub of Marlboro, Stewarts Root Beer, Monmouth County Park System, Marlboro Township Green Team.
When: June 2, 2013 8:00 am
Where: Marlboro, New Jersey
Details: Dedicated to helping those affected by cancer when they need it most. Early packet pick-up option, flat, fast course. Post-race party will include: beer garden, tech shirts, swag bags, DJs night moves and twist and shout, lunch by Jersey Mike’s, homemade ice cream, raffle prizes. Fun for kids includes bounce house, rolling arcade, and more. Awards by age group, top three overall runners will win $300, $200, and $100. Register now at www.stompthemonster.org.
When: June 15 and/or July 13, 2013 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: Vanderburg Soccer Complex, Vanderburg and Boundry road (we will meet in the soccer parking lot)
Details: With Dr. Paul Kovalski, Jr. and Marlboro Recreation. For ages 4 and up (Parents MUST accompany children). Did you know that Marlboro Township is home to one of the most productive fossil sites in the East? Come join Dr. Paul Kovalski, Jr. (an expert in the field) and Lynne of Marlboro Recreation for an amazing time. Search for sharks’ teeth, Belemnite, Exogyra (500-year-old Clamshells) Vertebra and much, much more! See and learn first hand what lived here when New Jersey was part of the ocean floor. Bring a strainer, small shovel, and a plastic bag for your finds and the desire to dig. Bring a towel to help you clean up and sit in the car going home. Wear old clothing, boots if desired; and be prepared to get WET! We’re heading down into a creek bed. Sign up for this and all other classes and programs at https://register.communitypass.net/Marlboro – “Fossil Hunting is under Family Programs”. Fee is $13 for resident and $16 for nonresident.
When: June 5, 2013 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Where: Colts Neck Library, 1 Winthrop Rd, Colts Neck, NJ
Details: Wear red, white and blue then join us for stories about the American flag and make you own flag craft. Admission is Free! Ages K and up.
When: June 8, 2013 All day (rain date June 9)
Where: Union Hill Road, Marlboro, NJ
Details: This is the first year of the annual tournament designed to raise money for deserving charities. This year the tournament is raising money for Hurricane Sandy Relief and the Andrew Hegt Memorial Fund. The tournament is open to any group or organization affiliated with Marlboro Township. A group or individual that cannot form a full team should submit their interest and we will work with you to combine teams. Families are also invited to attend. The event will be at the Union Hill Road recreation complex. For more information or to register, please send an e-mail to MarlboroTourney@gmail.com. $350.00 is the cost for a team, but games are free to watch.
Landscaping is a great way to increase your home’s curb appeal and create a perfect hang-out spot for family and friends. So, whether you’re looking to sell or stay, landscaping is an important area of your property to focus on. However, if you’re not careful, landscaping can also be a very expensive investment. Here are some tips from Better Homes and Gardens for saving money on your landscaping this year.
1. It’s very important to plan before you buy. You should sketch out a complete, detailed landscape design before you buy anything. If you don’t know exactly what you want and what you want to do with it, you could end up wasting a lot of money, so plan first!
2. Decide how much design you actually want. Keeping things simple by building a deck or just a square patio helps keep the cost of landscape designing down, but if its not what you want and you aren’t going to get use out of it, then it’s a waste of money. If instead, you want a lot of design elements (a gazebo, a rock pathway, a small pond, an outdoor kitchen, etc.) it may be useful to hire a landscape architect or designer to help you create a perfect space that you will love and actually use.
3. Consider a consultation. Even if you’re not looking to hire a professional landscape architect or designer to work on your yard, it can be very helpful to simply set up a consultation with an expert. From $50-$100, you can typically get an hour-long consultation with someone who can help you figure out exactly what you want to do and who can give you tips, which will save you from making costly mistakes later.
4. Take your time in buying. Most people aren’t so well-off financially that they can afford to design and landscape their property all at one time. It’s easier and more cost-effective to divide your landscaping project into phases and buy what you can when you can. Only spending what you can at the time will save you from having to make loan or credit payments later. Dividing the project into phases will also help you reassess the project as it moves forward.
5. Buy reasonably priced, quality materials. Warehouses that specialize in landscaping materials often will have items for the lowest price, but the quality may not be the best. Typically, more specialized stores will offer a greater selection and higher quality materials. Plus, such stores usually can provide a more personal service, expert advice, and better guarantees for their products than many warehouses can. Better Homes and Gardens says, “Plant prices may be higher at specialty nurseries, but many offer money-back guarantees on trees, shrubs, and bedding plants”.
6. Make use of online and mail-order sources. Shopping through catalogs and websites can exponentially increase the choices you have for landscape materials. These sources are typically the best if you’re looking for rare plants or specialized products, since most warehouses and stores don’t carry rare or specialized materials. Sometimes you can get a great deal on a product by shopping online or through a catalogue, but don’t forget about the shipping prices.
Read the full article from Better Homes and Gardens here.
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Many buyers today are finding no shortage of resale homes to consider, but choosing a resale over a new home may not be the best option for all. The biggest draw of resale homes is their relatively cheap price, but it’s important to remember that you get what you pay for. Here are 5 reasons to buy a new home over a resale from U.S. News.
1. You can customize a new home. One of the biggest benefits to buying a new home is that the buyer can customize and tailor the home to fit their specific needs. For instance, in building a new home, buyers can choose where the bathrooms will be, what kind of flooring will be in each room, and sometimes even the lot on which the home will sit. These kinds of options are really great for people who know what their specific needs and wants are or for buyers who want a home that they know can support their needs for many years to come. In buying a resale, home owners just aren’t afforded that luxury. Customizing resale homes is a very difficult and expensive process, and sometimes it’s just downright impossible.
2. Energy efficiency. Whether you’re building your own home or buying a new one that’s already been built, chances are your home will have top of the line energy-efficient appliances. Some of the best things about having energy efficient appliances are the tax breaks you get at the end of the year and, of course, lower utility bills. Green systems and energy-efficient appliances can help save homeowners thousands of dollars throughout the year. Older resale homes are usually not equipped with these new, green, energy-efficient machines, and thus end up costing the buyer more in utilities. It is possible to retrofit resale properties, but replacing all of those large appliances can get very expensive.
3. Fewer repairs. New homes haven’t experienced the wear and tear that resale homes have, which means that features of a new home will most likely hold up better than features of older homes. For example, when buying older pre-owned homes, many buyers will find that they need to replace the carpet, repaint the walls, re-insulate the attic, etc. These are things that new homeowners really don’t have to deal with.
4. Less maintenance. Many of the new homes on the market are specifically engineered to minimize maintenance requirements for the homeowner. Patrick Costello, president of Forty West Builders, based in Ellicott City, Md, says that his company doesn’t use wood for exterior trim, since it is susceptible to rotting and often requires repainting, but instead uses composite, which means less work for the homeowner. Older homes typically aren’t endowed with this kind of technology, which, again, means more work for the homeowner.
5. The warranty perk. When having a home built, many buyers can negotiate a contract in which the builder will agree to take care of necessary repair work in the home for the first year, at minimum. Other components of the home will be under warranty for longer than the first year, in almost all cases. So, necessary repair work could include anything from a leaky roof to a broken heater, and if either of these things happen within the warranty period, the builder pays to have it repaired. When buying a resale home, there is no chance of taking advantage of a builder’s warranty.
For more reasons to buy a new home rather than a resale, and to read the full article from US News, click here!
Whether you’re working on a room or the whole house, updating your home can become quite expensive. Thanks to the ever-growing popularity of Do-It-Yourself projects, people have been saving money in places they never thought possible. Saving money is great, but don’t get stuck spending more time than is necessary on your project. Here are five ways that you can work smarter, not harder, on your DIY projects.
Prioritize and Make A Realistic Budget
Make a list of the projects that you want to complete and allot money for each of them. Put the high priority ones at the top of the list and work your way down. Having a realistic goal and budget in mind will ultimately keep you organized to ensure that you finish your project.
Set Up A Work Station
You don’t want you project to take up an entire room, nor do you want people destroying it when they continually walk by. Set up a station in your garage or a specific room in your house to ensure that your project won’t be disturbed when it’s in the beginning stages.
Read The Instructions
You can miss a lot of detail if you don’t read the instruction. Everyone thinks that they can figure it out on their own, but it ends up taking more time in the long run. Be efficient right from the beginning and read the instructions. That way you know what to do and what’s coming next.
Refurbish Instead of Replace
Buying an old table or shelves and sanding and painting them yourself can save you more time – and money – than completely re-making them. Scope out local garage sales or go antiquing to find what you’re looking for.
Know When to Ask For Help
Hiring a professional to get the job done sounds expensive. However, it could save you money in the long run if you’re not really sure what you’re doing. For example, if you’re trying to redo your bathroom on your own and you’re not familiar with plumbing, it might be time to ask for help. Hiring a professional from the beginning will ultimately prevent you from doing major damage to something that you’re not familiar with.
Do-It-Yourself projects are the best way to ensure that you’re getting exactly what you want for a price that fits in your budget. For projects that are just out of reach, hiring a professional is the next best option.
For more information on how to work smarter on your DIY projects, visit here.