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Chatham Township Planning Board Votes, 5-4, to Recommend Rezoning 344 Hillside for Group Home; Inconsistent with Master Plan

May 19, 2020

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Township Planning Board voted, 5-4, to recommend that the Chatham Township Committee rezone 344 Hillside Avenue, allowing for an affordable housing Group Home to be built on one of five lots during its 3 1/2-hour virtual meeting held Monday night.

Last year, the planning board denied the request by the same developer Sterling-Sun Homes to rezone the two ...

Mary Weichert Discusses Local Real Estate Trends For Home Sellers


By Mary Tunny Weichert
Although real estate across the country, like many industries, has taken a hit during the COVID-19 crisis, certain recent changes in the local real estate market have become especially advantageous for people who want to sell their homes.




Chatham Township Committee Holds 5-Hour Virtual Meeting on Affordable Housing Measures; Developer Presentations Scheduled

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Township Committee held an unprecedented five-hour virtual meeting on Thursday evening with public commentary cut off by the mayor toward the end of the first of four public hearings related to affordable housing Group Homes and the 62-unit development planned for River Road.

Chatham Township Mayor Michael Kelly opened the virtual Zoom conference meeting, which ...

Chatham Township to Expand Affordable Housing Site on River Road, Will Lower Building Height, Improve Location

The Chatham Township Committee will purchase property adjacent to the Affordable Housing site on River Road, significantly reducing the height of the proposed building.

“The purchase of the adjacent property expanding the site to nearly 10 acres will be a major improvement,” said Mayor Michael Kelly. “Not only will it reduce the height of the proposed Affordable Housing ...

Sotheby's Prominent Properties 'In This Together' Video Series Tackles Clutter-Busting May 11

SUMMIT, NJ - Prominent Property Sotheby's International Realty (PPSIR) will host the another video in a series that features "lifestyle mavens" providing helpful, uplifting messages during these difficult times caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The Video Series reinforces PPSIR's commitment to the community and their philosophy of being 'in ...

At Home In Chatham with Mary Weichert


By Mary Tunny Weichert

The word home brings many good feelings, happy memories, emotionally moving visual images, and hopeful expectations to my mind. It is the place I begin and end each of my days. It is the safe haven I share with my family, friends, and pets. When I am home, I feel protected, welcomed, loved, respected, and at ease. It is my retreat ...

Real Estate Can Help Lead Recovery From COVID-19

With May and its warmer temperatures, sunshine, and spring flowers at our doorsteps, I naturally lean toward a hopeful outlook despite the toll COVID-19 has taken on us. This is not to suggest I see the future through rose-colored glasses; but rather that I hope to meet challenges ahead with courage, creativity, and practical, productive solutions that help get us and our economy up and running ...

Chatham Township Receives Extension on Affordable Housing Compliance; Committee Introduces Ordinances to Set Up Group Homes

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Township received an extension on its affordable housing compliance from Superior Court Judge Michael Gaus on Thursday, pushing its third-round compliance hearing to late July or early August.

The remote conference hearing with Judge Gaus approved the request by Chatham Township Attorney Albert Cruz, giving the township planning board until June 21 to hold a public ...

Mary Weichert Weighs In On Why You Can Buy A Home This Spring

Despite a temporary lull in the real estate market, buyers are now in a good position to purchase a home or an investment property. Historically low-interest rates and appealing list prices make today’s real estate market especially attractive to first-time buyers as well as buyers who don’t need to sell a home.

With the guidance of an experienced realtor,
You can effectively ...


All indicators point to a busy summer in the local real estate market

May 14, 2020

Market indicators are pointing towards a busy summer in the local real estate market. Over the past few weeks I have been in touch with investors on Wall Street, participated in a webinar with Business Insider and had conversations with mortgage lenders. There has been a common theme across all platforms and it is buyers looking to make moves into the suburbs.

Consider the ...


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A Week at the Library of the Chathams Monday, June 1 – Sunday, June 7, 2020

Teen Art Contest! Imagine Your Story

We believe that creating art is a wonderful way to express how you are feeling at this time.  Whether you consider yourself a doodler or a true artist, we invite you to submit pictures of your creations for our Teen Art Contest.  Submissions will be displayed on the library's Facebook page and will be voted on by the public.  Winners ...

A Week at the Library of the Chathams Monday, May 25 – Sunday, May 31, 2020

History Research Center is a suite of five databases:  African-American History, American History, American Indian History, Ancient and Medieval History, and Modern World History.  These databases can be searched simultaneously or separately.  Each database offers maps and charts, primary sources, timelines of historical events, and videos.  They ...

The Dow Hits 25,000 While Covid-19 Deaths Surpass 100,000: Do You Say Buy or Bye to the Market Now?

The stock market has done the one thing nearly all the pundits said was impossible: making a V-shaped recovery.  The stock market, as measured by the S&P 500, has soared nearly 40% since the apparent bottom, March 23.  The market is now up on a year over year basis and is down only about 6% year to date.

Yet, the economic and medical prospects are, at best, dicey.  On the ...

Consumer Defensive Stocks – A Safe Port in the Storm?

As the Coronavirus grips much of the world, global travel and commerce have come to a screeching halt.  The last thing people want to think about is getting on an airplane, checking into a hotel or spending money on the latest fashions.  They are concerned about sourcing food, cleaning supplies, and the holy grail – toilet paper. 

Investors have long been drawn to consumer ...

Financial Action Steps to Take Now

Covid-19 has us all feeling afraid and helpless.  Between health worries and economic uncertainty, it’s easy to feel as though there is nothing we can control.  However, just as we can shelter in place, social distance, and practice good hygiene, so there are concrete financial steps to take now to get us through this and position ourselves for Covid-19’s ...

IRS reminder: June 15 tax deadline postponed to July 15 for taxpayers who live and work abroad

June 3, 2020

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today reminded people who live and work abroad that they have until Wednesday, July 15, 2020, to file their 2019 federal income tax return and pay any tax due. The usual deadline is June 15.

The additional time was included in a wide range of Coronavirus-related relief announced in early April. The postponement generally applies to all taxpayers ...

An Open Letter to the Faculty and Staff of Chatham Day School

June 3, 2020

To the Editor:

I can’t sleep tonight.

There are a lot of reasons why one might have trouble sleeping these days. Fear of the virus. Fear for our families. Fear for our school. Ambiguity is everywhere, and it is exhausting to have to worry about the future, and all of the people in our orbit, at all times.

But I can’t sleep tonight because I have been reading and thinking ...

Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...


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Clinton NJ Vegan Café Pays it Forward by Preparing Meals for the Community & Essential Workers

June 3, 2020

CLINTON, NJ -- Tara Stone, Owner of Grounded for Life Cafe, recently appeared on TAPintoTV’s Sunday morning show on News 12 Plus, where she spoke to Host Stephanie Willoughby about her experiences as a small business owner navigating the pandemic. 

Stone described Grounded for Life as a plant-based restaurant “borne from a need to bring healthy and compassionate food, ...