Must try Pizzerias in Verona

Pizza is hands down one of the most beloved foods consumed by Americans. Fun fact: Americans eat an average of 46 slices of pizza per year (packaged facts, New York). This amounts to 23 pounds of pizza per year and 350 slices of pizza per second.

This is our must try list in Verona:

1. Grimaldi’s Verona

With direct ties to the famous Brooklyn location, their fresh ingredients, handmade mozzarella, ‘secret recipe’ dough and pizza sauce make them stand out.

2. Bella Gente

They serve delicious Italian dishes and gourmet brick oven pizza.

3. Borino

High quality and consistently well prepared food.

4. Anthony Franco’s Pizza

Authentic, New York-style pizza, as well as many classic and modern Italian dishes without compromising on cost or relying on ingredients that are frozen or preserved.

5. Frank Anthony’s Gourmet Italian

Offers fresh traditional and eclectic Italian- American cuisine. 

6. NICK’S Salugo Bistro

Not just an incredible pizzeria but also an equally amazing Italian restaurant.

7. The Pizza Terminal & Restaurant

A subway themed gourmet pizzeria and restaurant.

8. Famous Ray’s Pizza of NY 

Small, straightforward pizza parlor specializing in big thin-crust slices & Sicilian-style pies.

**Pro Tip: Lake Side Deli offers family night meals which include really good flatbread pizza (the kids adore it)

Fun Halloween events in South Orange and Maplewood, NJ 2020

5 Halloween events in South Orange and Maplewood, NJ

Looking for Halloween events in the South Orange & Maplewood area? Check out these great local events that are taking creativity to the next level to make Halloween fun this year. 

The Pumpkins are coming….

Each contest will be judged driving by your house, walking by your storefront or viewing photos uploaded to the Chamber website.

To celebrate the Halloween season, WSOU 89.5 FM is launching Halloween Vinyl-Fest 2020. The month-long promotion offers listeners the chance to call in and win vinyl every day in October — except Sundays — with chances to win unique, exclusive, new, or classical metal and hardcore vinyl. Vinyl-Fest culminates on Saturday, Oct. 31.

  • Spooky Spiotta’ Virtual Costume Contest

A virtual costume contest for the entire family! Be sure to post your photos on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #SpookySpiotta and follow @SoVillageCenter. The most creative photos posted before Midnight on November 1 will win gift certificates to various South Orange businesses including Sparkhouse Toys, BGR and Pet Wants. After you post, 

Click here for more details & specials – https://www.sovillagecenter.org/pub/news/story/611/

  • Halloween Movie Night at Floods Hill

Visit here for more updates on this event – https://www.sovillagecenter.org/pub/news/story/611/

 

Hearth Realty Group is the leading Independent Real Estate Agency in Verona, South Orange & Maplewood. We are a technology driven boutique real estate agency made up of experienced service-focused local experts who support our clients beyond the transaction. We strive to have a meaningful impact on the communities we serve through volunteer work and financial contributions to local charities. If you are interested in selling your home, feel free to make use of our Free Home Evaluation Tool. If you are looking to rent or buy a home in northern New Jersey, make sure to use our Homes for Sale Search Tool. To learn more about Hearth Realty Group, click here.

23rd Annual Fair in the Square Saturday December 7 2019 12pm-5pm

You’re Invited to the 23rd Annual Verona Fair in the Square!

Verona Civic Center, 600 Bloomfield Ave.

Saturday December 7, 2019 12pm-5pm. 

The 23rd annual festival for Verona and its surrounding communities celebrates the upcoming holiday season with crafters, vendors, entertainment, photos with Santa, and children’s activities. Food and beverages will be sold. Celebrations include the arrival of Santa and traditional tree lighting at 4:30pm. Stop by the Hearth Realty Group table for FREE popcorn!

Hearth Realty Group is the #1 Independent Real Estate Agency in Verona, South Orange & Maplewood. We are a technology driven boutique real estate agency made up of experienced service-focused local experts who support our clients beyond the transaction. We strive to have a meaningful impact on the communities we serve through volunteer work and financial contributions to local charities. If you are interested in selling your home, feel free to make use of our Free Home Evaluation Tool. If you are looking to rent or buy a home in northern New Jersey, make sure to use our Homes for Sale Search Tool. To learn more about Hearth Realty Group, click here.

Essex County NJ Halloween Events October 21, 2019 Verona South Orange Maplewood West Orange & More!

There are so many great events this Halloween – See the list of local events by town below.

Verona Downtown Trick or Treating October 31
Children and their parents are invited to don their costumes and venture into Downtown Verona along Bloomfield Ave. after school on Thursday, October 31 from 2-4pm before heading out in their neighborhoods. Downtown businesses displaying a Trick-or-Treat poster in their window will be waiting to hand out treats! Please come out and show support for our local businesses!

The event will be on Halloween, Thursday, October 31st from 2-4pm. It is being sponsored by the Verona Chamber of Commerce, Township of Verona, Sustainable Verona and the Junior Woman’s Club of Verona. The event will kickoff from the Verona Civic Center, 600 Bloomfield Ave. The Junior Woman’s Club will have a list of participating businesses and their discount cards for sale. The Chamber of Commerce and Sustainable Verona will have information on buying local, dining guides, handouts and ways to donate unused candy.600 Bloomfield Ave.Verona , New Jersey 07044
https://www.veronanj.org/events/41136/

South Orange Halloween Festival October 31
Join us on Thursday, October 31 from 4-6 PM in Spooky Spiotta Park for our annual Halloween Festival. Wanda the Giant Witch will be back again to entertain the kids with music, jokes and games beginning at 4pm. The costume contest will kick off at 5pm with gifts for all the kids and prizes for the winners selected in several categories.

This year’s festival is graciously and ghoulishly presented by Natalie Farrell of Weichert Realtors and sponsored by our friends from Sparkhouse Toys and Little Stages.

We would like to thank Bayleaf Redefined Indian CuisineBest in Class Education CenterBunny’s Sports BarKitchen a la ModeMark Murphy’s MusicMOD StudioPandangReservoirPet WantsSadie’sSOPACSouth Mountain YogaSparkhouse ToysSteel McLeanTito’s Burrito’s & WingsTown Hall DeliVillage Trattoria and Zen Pets for donating prizes for the costume contest.
https://www.sovillagecenter.org/pub/event/story/2380/

Maplewood’s time honored tradition returns every Halloween from 3 to 5 pm!

Maplewood Village Halloween Parade October 31
Village streets close at 3 pm for trick or treating, there is a costume contest will be held between 3 and 4:30 pm with prizes, music and hundreds of your Maplewood neighbors in their Halloween finest!
https://maplewoodvillagenj.com/events/halloween-parade

West Orange Halloween Celebration- October 26 7pm-9pm
Rain or Shine Event Sponsored by the Township of West Orange, The West Orange Recreation Department and the Rotary Club of West Orange.

Hearth Realty Group is the #1 Independent Real Estate Agency in Verona, South Orange & Maplewood. We are a technology driven boutique real estate agency made up of experienced service-focused local experts who support our clients beyond the transaction. We strive to have a meaningful impact on the communities we serve through volunteer work and financial contributions to local charities. If you are interested in selling your home, feel free to make use of our Free Home Evaluation Tool. If you are looking to rent or buy a home in northern New Jersey, make sure to use our Homes for Sale Search Tool. To learn more about Hearth Realty Group, click here

Verona Food Truck Festival 2019

Verona Food Truck Festival 2019

Sunday, October 13th 3pm-7pm Verona Community Center, 880 Bloomfield Ave. Rain or Shine!
New Beer Garden! Sponsored by The Verona Fire Department
Entry fee $5.00 Adults & kids free * * kids inflatables/touch-a-truck – $10.00 per child *

The 3rd Annual Verona Food Truck Festival will take place on Sunday, October 13 from 3-7pm. This year the festival will be held at the Verona Community Center , which is 880 Bloomfield Ave. We also have a new beer garden addition to this year Festival. Bring the kids too, since there will be inflatables, petting zoo, live music, a beer garden and some awesome food trucks. Verona is homebase to 3 food trucks – The Thai Elephant, The Guac Spot and The Empanada Lady . Official details and event updates can be found here: https://www.veronanj.org/verona-food-truck-festival

Hearth Realty Group is the #1 Independent Real Estate Agency in Verona, South Orange & Maplewood. We are a technology driven boutique real estate agency made up of experienced service-focused local experts who support our clients beyond the transaction. We strive to have a meaningful impact on the communities we serve through volunteer work and financial contributions to local charities. If you are interested in selling your home, feel free to make use of our Free Home Evaluation Tool. If you are looking to rent or buy a home in northern New Jersey, make sure to use our Homes for Sale Search Tool. To learn more about Hearth Realty Group, click here

Hearth Realty Group Expands to South Orange

Hearth Realty Group is excited to celebrate its one-year anniversary with a ribbon cutting at their newest branch office located at 14 South Orange Avenue in South Orange.

“We are so appreciative of the support we’ve received from the village since opening our doors in South Orange. It’s been years since a real estate brokerage opened a brick and mortar office in town and the community has really embraced us. We are thrilled to announce that Hearth Realty Group is now the leading independently owned agency in SOMA!” said Josh Jacobs, Broker of Record & Founder. As a South Orange native, Jacobs said he “loves” being able to be back and give back in the community where he grew up.

Hearth Realty Group is a technology driven boutique real estate agency made up of the area’s top service-focused local experts who support clients beyond the transaction. “We strive to have a meaningful impact on the communities we serve through volunteer work and financial contributions to local charities,” said Jacobs.

“Everyone asks me what makes Hearth so special and my answer is this: We have the hardest working, dedicated, ethical, honest, fun, generous and respected agents in the business. There’s is no other place I’ve ever worked where you can say that about every single person working there.”

For more information please visit: www.HearthRealtyGroup.com or call 973-913-5055

The Hearth Realty Group team in South Orange & Verona includes the following agents:

Susie Adamson, Marika Autrand, Juan Carlos Fernandez, Rodney Fontil, Jennifer Greenberg, Lindy Huang-Hoelscher, Williams Jones Jr, Daria Knarvik, Fran Lichtman, Karen Lonergan, Kerry Metzger, Randy Rabney, Bonnie Ramsey, Shannon Severin, Dustin Steiner & Camilla Flannery

Top 5 Things That Every Homeowner Should Do to Prepare Their Home For Sale

Most of us are living in our largest asset so when it becomes time to sell we want the greatest return. While selling a home is a business transaction, it can also be very emotional as it can represent change and leaving a space where memories were created. When it’s time to move on and put your house up for sale the two most important factors are proper pricing and proper presentation. Consider the following 5 things when getting ready.

1) Declutter and depersonalize: People need to be able to see themselves living in a space. Too many personal belongings can get in the way of that. Too much stuff in general can take the focus off of the features of a room and cause people to miss details like high ceilings or beautiful moldings. You want the attention on the house and you want it to feel like their next home. When your home goes on the market think about a model home. Remember that the more people who want to buy your home can translate into the most money for you.

2) The place should be immaculate: Potential buyers will look in your closets, your refrigerator, your oven and all around your home. Consider a deep cleaning, including having your windows washed, right before your home goes on the market.

3) Don’t forget the curb appeal: Often Sellers focus on the inside and forget about the outside. If your outside isn’t appealing, the buyer may never step inside. Remember that you only get one chance to make a first impression so clean up your lawn, consider seasonal flowers, mulch the beds and if you house needs painting, do it if you can swing it or plan to price accordingly.

4) Buyers hate a wet basement: In fact, many buyers today want a finished basement or to at least know that they could finish it in the future. Even if the space cannot be finished, they want to know that it is dry.  If your basement takes water at all, consult and expert, find the source and consider remedying it.

5) Check your systems: How old is your furnace, hot water and roof? If you have a fire place or Central AC have you had it maintained? Is your roof in good repair? These are things that will be looked at during a home inspection so you want to be prepared.

If the thought of selling your home is stressing you out, give us a call. Hiring an experienced agent to guide you through the preparation to the closing table can make all the difference in your experience and outcome. The Lichtman Rabney Group at Hearth Realty is led by a former NYC attorney and a former Senior VP at Atlantic Recording Company. While they are award-winning agents with over 25 years combined experience in the local market, their true measure of success is through the satisfaction of their clients. It has never been their goal to do the greatest number of transactions, their goal is to bring the greatest value to you.

Article by Fran Lichtman, Broker-Associate and Randy Rabney, Realtor-Associate
The Lichtman Rabney Group at Hearth Realty Group

For more information call 646-734-3718 (c) 973-913-5055 (o) or visit www.NJisHOME.com

New Year New Listings

After a quiet couple of weeks for Verona real estate the market is starting to pick  up. Four new listings hit the market this week ranging in price from just under $380,000 to just under $500,000.29 Westover Rd Verona is a 3 bedroom 1.1 bath Colonial, 261 Grove Ave Verona is a 4 bedroom 2 bath Cape Cod, 181 Grove Ave Verona is a 3 bedroom 1.5 bath Split Level and 22 Dodd Ter Verona is a 3 bedroom 1.5 bath bi-level.

All houses are open this Sunday January 21, 2018. If you’d like to schedule a tour use the contact form or chat widget to the right.

Hearth Realty Group in Verona, NJ is your top choice for buying, selling or renting real estate in and around Verona, NJ. Owned and operated by broker of record, Realtor and Verona resident, Josh Jacobs, Hearth Realty Group is a service focused company made up of local, professional and friendly agents who work closely with our clients every step of the way to ensure a smooth transaction. Located across from the park in the heart of Verona we are ideally located to serve Verona and all surrounding neighborhoods.

Phone: 973-913-5055

Address: 460 Bloomfield Ave Verona NJ 07044

Want to Call Verona Home? Check out some homes for sale below or click here for more information about Verona Real Estate

About Verona: “Although Verona is a primarily residential community, it has factories and commercial areas. It is a wonderful place to raise a family or start or relocate a business. Originally, Verona was a part of Newark, then later a part of Caldwell Township. The Borough of Verona was incorporated in 1907.” Located in the valley between the First and Second Watchung Mountains, Verona has four elementary schools, a middle school and high school as well as a free public library. Verona was listed as one of “25 Great Towns” by NJ Monthly Magazine.” Verona Chamber of Commerce

 

 

20 Whitney Ter Verona Just Sold

20 Whitney Ter Just Sold! This recently renovated 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath split level home steps from Verona Park received multiple offers after just 1 day on the market.

Listed: $649,000 Sold: $657,500

1 day on the market!

Hearth Realty Group is a technology driven, full service independent real estate agency specializing in Verona and surrounding towns. Our unique approach to real estate marketing combines the best of both traditional print and digital advertising to guarantee that our listings receive the maximum exposure possible. From professional photography to home stagers and inspectors, our service network includes professionals who share our high standard for excellence.

Have questions about buying or selling? Wondering how much your home is worth? Click here for a quick home value report.

And here for more information about selling your home

Contact us today 973-913-5055

Hearth Realty Group in Verona, NJ is your top choice for buying, selling or renting real estate in and around Verona, NJ. Owned and operated by broker of record, Realtor and Verona resident, Josh Jacobs, Hearth Realty Group is a service focused company made up of local, professional and friendly agents who work closely with our clients every step of the way to ensure a smooth transaction. Located across from the park in the heart of Verona we are ideally located to serve Verona and all surrounding neighborhoods.

Address: 460 Bloomfield Ave Verona NJ 07044

Holiday Lights Spectacular at The Turtle Back Zoo 2017

Take a winter stroll through the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo this holiday season under the sparkling lights of over 50 winter and animal characters. Celebrate the season of giving by bringing donations of non-perishable food items, new toys, and gently used coats. Different themed activities featured each December weekend makes visiting extra exciting!

Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive And the Board of Chosen Freeholders
Invite you to these special winter events

2017 Essex County Holiday

Lights Spectacular

FREE ADMISSION!!

November 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, December 1, 2, 3; December 8 to January 1 Closed December 24th & 25th
5 to 9 PM
Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex
Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange 973-731-5800 ~ www.essexcountynj.org

Carousel Rides are $2

Sponsored by PSE&G, Covanta Energy, The Essex County Parks Foundation and The Zoological Society of New Jersey

Donations of non-perishable food; new, unwrapped toys; and new & gently used winter coats for the needy are appreciated.

 

Santa, SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Location: Party Gazebo

5pm – 8:30pm

Ice Carving Demonstration, FRIDAY ONLY

Location: Ampitheater

5pm – 6:30pm

Face Painting, nightly

Location: Touch Tank

Face painting & temporary tattoos between $5 – $8

Tis the SEAson Sea Lion Show, nightly

Location: Sea Lion Sound

6pm & 8pm (approx. 15 minutes)

Food Options & Gift Shops, nightly

Multiple Locations: s’mores station (outside café), café open, both gift shops open

Animal Art Sales, TBD

Location: Reptile House

Other Attractions:

-train, carousel, reptile house, aquarium, farm and pony rides OPEN

*DON’T FORGET TO DROP OFF YOUR DONATIONS AT THE STATIONS SET UP OUTSIDE EACH ENTRANCE*

More Information: http://essexcountynj.org/essex-county-events/

Winter in Essex County offers many special ways for people of all ages to celebrate the season.