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Variety of Tesla Solar Roof Tiles Credits: Computerworld
Tesla's New Textured Glass Solar Tile Credits: Computerworld
Tesla's new Tuscan solar slate tile. Credits: Computerworld
Bamboo floors Credits: Lumber Liquidators
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Dual Flush Toilets save water

Could one of these futuristic features be in your home soon? We are seeing some great innovations as we ride this wave of 21st Century technological development.

Houses are being built to be more environmentally friendly with features like bamboo flooring and reclaimed lumber. Paint is low/no VOC. Use of high efficiency, water conserving appliances is becoming the norm. We see high efficiency water heaters and washing machines and low-flow shower heads and faucets. Dual flush toilets significantly cut down on water use.

A shift is under way that will lead to widespread adoption of electric vehicles in the next decade. According to, by 2040, thirty-five percent of new cars worldwide will have a plug. With the popularity of electric cars growing, there will be more car charging stations right in the home garages.

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Solar panels, which can be an eyesore, are in for some exciting updates. Tesla has just unveiled its version of solar roof panels, which are made to look like regular shingles. They come in different styles, even slate and Spanish clay. The shingles are tinted and made of tempered glass and quartz, so they are said to be incredibly durable. Elon Musk says this will "look better than a normal roof, generate electricity, last longer, have better insulation, and actually have an installed cost that is less than a normal roof plus the cost of electricity."

It’s an exciting time to be a homeowner. We look forward to seeing more of these features in homes as we move into the future.

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New Ice Rink Gets Green Light from Westfield Town Council

May 23, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — A standing room-only crowd cheered and booed Tuesday night after the town council, with a 6-3 vote, passed a resolution granting Mayor Shelley Brindle the authority to negotiate a lease agreement with Arena Realty Partners for a temporary ice rink at Gumbert Park this winter.

Brindle made her case for testing out the public-private partnership.

“I don’t ...

Capitalist or Communist?

Karl Marx may have been the pioneer, but many other Jews were also involved in the struggle for communism, particularly in the early days of the Russian revolution. Personally, I don’t think that we have any apologies to make for this phenomenon. Having suffered unbearably under successive oppressive regimes, many of those political activists genuinely thought communism would be better ...

The Facts About Vaping

May 13, 2018

Dear Editor:

The recent public discussion about vaping and “Juuling” that occurred at our high school really opened the eyes of a lot of parents who may have been clueless about what their kids are doing to themselves. There is a lot of conflicting and confusing information available online, on YouTube and social media about the so-called benefits of vaping vs. smoking ...

Wardlaw+Hartridge Students Shine at Spring Concert

May 23, 2018

EDISON, NJ -- Lower School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison showcased their vocal and instrumental talents in the Grades 2-5 Spring Concert on May 10.

Highlights of the concert included two vocal selections from The Sound of Music - My Favorite Things by the third and fourth grade and Do Re Mi by the third grade, the Hebrew lullaby Numi Numi by the second and fifth ...

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Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

The Great American Read Kickoff Celebration

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