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Vice President-Branch Manager, Broker-Sales Associate, Coccia Realty, Inc., Realtor, Madison.

Jeffrey David Halpern, Vice President-Branch Manager of Coccia Realty, Inc., recently announced their newest initiative known as the Coccia Performance Guarantee.

"I am excited to introduce this guarantee. It shows that the Coccia company and our agents pledge ourselves to our clients or be subject to the Donald Trump impersonation of 'You're fired!', if we do not live up to our clients' satisfaction," states Halpern, a 27 year real estate veteran. "It is imperative that the agent and company be accountable to their clients. Their obligation is to the client's best interest. That being said, our goal is to service the client to the fullest extent."

The Coccia Performance Guarantee is presented to a seller at the time of their first meeting. Although no real estate company can guarantee a sale, this guarantees the company's performance and include: a minimum of a weekly communicatioon with the seller with analysis and frank discussion; properly launched marketing & listings with professional photography; posting the home on a
minimum of 2 Multiple Listing Services for full Northern New Jersey Realtor exposure; local newspaper advertising; a minimum of posting onto a minimum of 25 websites including showcase and enhanced; blogging; are just the beginning.

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"The majority of local and national real estate firms will not allow a seller to be released from a listing agreement whether or not the agent was doing their job," continues Jeffrey, "i believe that if a client is not staisfied with their Realtor's service, and the Realtor cannot remedy the same, the seller has every right to end the relationship. As a new player in town, but not the industry, we are committed to proving ourselves. This guarantee is yet another reason for a seller to bring one of our professional Realtors in to discuss the marketing and selling of their home, or even just for another opinion and to compare services.”

Coccia Realty, Inc. ( has been selling homes since 1961 and have offices in Madison, Montville, Rutherford, Kearny, and Lyndhurst. They are members in good standing with local, state, and National Association of Realtors, as well as members of the Garden State Multiple Listing Service, Hudson County MLS, and ranked in the top 2% of closed transactions for the New Jersey MLS for 2010, 2011, and 1st quarter of 2012.

For more information of the Coccia Performance Guarantee or any of your real estate needs contact Coccia Realty at 973.377.4400 or or stop by their office at 49 Main Street, in the heart of Madison.

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New Jersey Youth Symphony Announces 2018 Summer Camps

February 20, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE—The New Jersey Youth Symphony announced today that it will hold two summer camps, Orchestral Camp from June 24 until July 7 and Junior Winds Camp from July 30 until August 3, at 570 Central Avenue in New Providence. Campers can take advantage of a 5% tuition discount by registering before the Early Registration deadline on June 1, 2018. For more information visit ...

Return Berkeley Heights Public Library's Books, etc.

Remember those book and DVDs and other materials borrowed from the Berkeley Heights Public Library before it closed? It's time to return them.

Staff will be at the Municipal Courtroom/Council Chambers at 29 Park Ave. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 to accept them. Enter through the glass door, using the stairs by the Police Department.

For more information, email ...

2018 Gov. Livingston Highlander Softball Clinic Set for March 19

Come join and learn from the 2017 Union County Softball Champion Gov. Livingston coaches and varsity players on Monday, March 19, 2018 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Activities will include the following fastpitch softball skills:

Batting Techniques
Throwing Mechanics
Base Running

Who: Children grades 1-7 of any skill level or ability

Where: Gov. Livingston High School, 175 ...

Mike Zuko at Salem Roadhouse Cafe

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Colleen Mahr Has Paid Her Dues, Earned Peoples’ Trust, and Left a Track Record of Success

February 20, 2018

Dear Editor:

As a 26-year-old Scotch Plains resident who cares more about the well-being of our town than about local politics, I am extremely disappointed that the Scotch Plains Democratic Committee leadership has decided to abandon Colleen Mahr in her run for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee.

Mahr, who as Mayor of Fanwood for 15 years has worked closely with Scotch Plains ...

We Need More Women Like Colleen Mahr in Municipal, County and State Government

Dear Editor:

I’m proud to support Colleen Mahr for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee  (UCDC) and am encouraging my Scotch Plains peers to join me.

I was a first time candidate wanting to make a difference in my hometown of Scotch Plains, when Mayor Mahr of neighboring Fanwood stepped in to help me campaign and win my election to be Councilwoman three years ago.

Democratic Party Would Be Making a Big Mistake by Not Recognizing Colleen Mahr's Talents

Dear Editor:

Mayor Colleen Mahr has been a valuable friend to the Township of Cranford. Whether it’s offering advice and assistance during devastating flood cleanup, supporting the Mayor's Council on the Rahway River, or her insight and assistance in meeting our affordable housing obligations, Mayor Mahr is always there for Cranford.

Colleen’s fairness and integrity is ...

Chatham Borough Police Chief Crosson has Retired; Captain Gibbons is Acting Commander

February 12, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - Phil Crosson Jr., who has been a member of the Chatham Borough Police Department since 1992, retired from his position as the police chief on Feb. 1.

"It came on pretty quickly," Crosson said when reached by phone on Sunday. "I was on vacation for six weeks and I bought a business. I came back for one day and retired."

According to Crosson, ...

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February 14, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - A group of pro-cannabis activists came to the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night and used the public commentary portion of the meeting to ask the council to support a marijuana dispensary in town.

The advocates, who say they have attended more than 80 town meetings to inform about the benefits of medical cannabis, mentioned the 1936 movie "Reefer ...

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