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Make a connection to the land and experience the satisfaction of growing your own food

Make a connection to the land and experience the
satisfaction of growing your own food, all in your own yard

The Front Yard Farmer will design, build, plant and nurture an organic vegetable garden in YOUR yard or property. People are returning to home gardening and we can teach you the skills to make it a success.

Growing vegetables intensively in a manageable space offers new gardeners a rewarding experience, one that will create a direct connection to one's food and a reconnection with nature. With the changes we are seeing in the world, fresh food is no longer a commodity to be take for granted. Between the chemical inputs of large factory farms, lengthy transportation, and huge carbon output, our food comes at a great price, one that is not always apparent. The time is right for you to grow your gardening skills and have a relationship with your food, possibly right in your own front yard.

You found the house of your dreams now what?

 It is priced right and is receiving a lot of attention from other buyers. You don’t want to miss this opportunity so you are ready to put in an offer with the real estate agent immediately. What can you do to guarantee your offer is the one accepted?
Financially, offers can be broken down into three categories:

1.) An All-Cash Offer

A cash buyer is always favored by any seller. In today’s real estate market, an all-cash offer is even more enticing. An all-cash buyer eliminates the need for the bank appraisal; especially when appraisals have been coming in low.

2.) A Non-Contingency Offer

If you don’t have the cash reserves for an all-cash purchase, the next best thing would be to make a non-contingency offer. To do this you must be pre-approved for a mortgage and have your current house already under contract and thorugh inspections. This gives the seller the confidence that you are already a qualified buyer who will be able to complete the purchase. OR you already closed on your or you don't have anything to sell.

3.) A Contingency Offer

Some buyers start the process of looking for a new home before their current home is sold. This could be a big mistake. If you find the home you were hoping for (perfect for your family AND priced right), it will be very difficult to get your offer accepted because you are not actually qualified to buy.

Asking a seller to wait for your home to sell is somewhat unreasonable in today’s environment. One of the reasons you would want the home is because the seller priced the home at a value to sell it NOW. They want to know it is sold when they accept an offer. They normally will not even entertain a contingency offer or they will continue to show the house, give you a time limit to have your house sold and if another contract comes in you will be given the right of first refusal, whereby you eliminate the contingency or bow out.

Bottom Line

Unless you have the ability to purchase with cash, the best thing to do is to be pre-approved for a mortgage and have your current house already in contract or sold, before looking for the home of your dreams. That guarantees you will get the home you love at a price that makes sense.

Things to do Memorial Day Weekend

Fireworks at Dark

  • May 26, 2011 - September 01, 2011
  • Address: Jenkinson's Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
  • Visit Website
  • May 27, 2011 - May 30, 2011
  • Address: One Premium Outlets Blvd., Tinton Falls, NJ 07719
  • Times: 9am - 9pm
  • Admission: N/A
  • Contact: Michele Deroian
  • Phone: 732-918-1700
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Don't miss the annual Memorial Day Sidewalk Sale at Jersey Shore Premium Outlets. Enjoy extra discounts on top of already low outlet prices. For more information visit Plus, enjoy live entertainment presented by Coca-Cola Saturday, Sunday and Monday from Noon - 3pm near the Food Court. Performances are weather permitting.

    Bradley Beach Arts & Crafts Day parade
    10am starts on Bradley Blvd east to Ocean Ave to north end. 732-776-2999
    Food crafts and fun at the Gazebo on the Boardwalk.

    Red Bank Farmer's Market

  • May 28, 2011 - November 27, 2011
  • Times: 9am - 2pm
  • NJ Organic Produce and More! May - November Every Sun. 9:00 am - 2:00 pm The Galleria Bridge Ave./Front St. 732-530-7300

    "Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?"

  • May 28, 2011
  • Address: 708 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  • Visit Website
  • Saturdays with Sinatra

    Hot Dog Showdown featuring Burgers, Brats & Beer

  • May 28, 2011
  • Address: 175 Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport, NJ 07757
  • Times: 11:30 - 5 [email protected]
  • Admission: Park Admission
    Contact: Spark Market Solutions
    Phone: 732-747-4449 
    The Festival will feature the best hot dog and burger spots from across the state – including the Munchmobile’s top wieners and best burgers - battling it out to be New Jersey’s Top Dog, along with exciting live entertainment, crafters and plenty of fun activities for the kids. Great day for the whole family!


    Spring lake 5 Mile Run~ Sidewalk Sale

  • May 28, 2011
  • Address: Third Ave, Spring Lake, NJ 07762
  • Times: 10:00 - 5:00
  • Admission: Spring Lake BID
  • Contact: Dawn McDonough
  • Phone: 732-449-0037
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Town-wide sidewalk sale

  • May 28, 2011
  • Address: 627 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 97712
  • Visit Website
  • Red Bank Farmer's Market

  • May 29, 2011 - November 27, 2011
  •  Tuesdays  Are  for Touring

    • May 03, 2011 - June 14, 2011
    • Address: 900 Lakewood Ave., Lakewood, NJ 08701
    • Times: 10:30 AM
    • Admission: $12 per person; includes light refreshments after tour.
    • Contact: Alexis Jankowski
    • Phone: 732-987-2263
    • Email: [email protected]
    Georgian Court University opens its gates to the community on select Tuesday mornings. Come experience one-of-a-kind architecture, lush gardens, and inspiring statuary in person. Guided tours of our historic Mansion, gardens, grounds, Casino, McAuley Heritage Center, and the Raymond Hall Complex are available. Note: The tour takes about 1.5 hours and includes approximately 45 minutes of outdoor walking on uneven and partially uphill paths. The walking tour is NOT wheelchair accessible. In the event of inclement weather, the outdoor walking tour will be abbreviated, and a video program will be substituted.

     11th Annual Seaport Craftshow
    Atlantic Highlnads
    May 29 10am to 5pm @ Huddy Park 732-291-4713

    Atlantic Highlands
    Memorial Parade
    May 30 starts 11am @Municipal Harbour   732-291-1444


    Summer 2011 @ the Jersey Shore

    Wonder how much it will cost to get on your favorite beach? Stressed about where to park? Debating whether to pack a lunch or head up to the boardwalk? All the answers are right here. Just click each individual beach name for all the essential information on the best Shore spots around the counties.



    Asbury Park offers something for everyone, from the beautiful beach to live music to great restaurants.

    Seasonal beach badges cost $70 for adults and $20 for seniors and teens. Weekday passes are $5 with the cost for weekends and holidays going up to $6. Badges go on sale Memorial Day Weekend and can be picked up at the red and white trailer located at the boardwalk on Second Avenue. They can also be ordered by calling 732-502-8863.


    Avon-by-the-Sea is a tiny hamlet on the north side of the Shark River Inlet.

    Beach badges are $90 for a regular adult seasonal pass; seniors $45 and young adult (12-18) $45; $9 daily. Age 11 and younger are free. For more information call 732-502-4510. 


    The ever-popular Belmar offers beaches that stretch for more than a mile, attracting locals and tourists alike.

    Beach badges are $50 for a seasonal pass; $15 for seniors; $7 daily; free for children 15 and younger and active duty military and their families. Badges are on sale at Borough Hall, 601 Main St. until Memorial Day weekend and at boardwalk ticket booths thereafter.


    Bradley Beach, "New Jersey's Family Resort," is tucked between Asbury Park and Avon-by-the-Sea.

    Beach badges are $65 adults; $25 seniors (62 and up); $25 juniors (ages 14-15); free for children 13 and younger; $7 daily pass for weekdays; $8 weekends and holidays. For information call 732-776-2994 or 732-776-2991.


    Deal, a small Shore town, offers a public beach and private access at the Deal Casino Bathing Club.

    The main, public beach at Conover Pavilion costs $6 on weekdays and $7 on weekends and holidays. Children under 12 are free. Call 732-531-0404 for more information.


    Loch Arbour's beautiful beaches open on weekends on May 28 and are available to the public seven days a week starting June 18.

    Seasonal beach badge prices: cost $90 for adults, $50 for seniors and children 12 and younger are free. Daily beach badge prices are $5 on weekdays, $6 on weekends and holidays. Visit or call 732-531-4740 for more information.


    Visitors to Long Branch can enjoy several wonderful beaches while shopping and enjoying restaurants at Pier Village.

    Seasonal badge badges are free for kids 13 and younger; $30 for kids 14-17; $45 for adults; and free for seniors. Daily badges are free for those 13 and younger; $3 for children 14-17; $5 for adults on weekdays, $7 on weekends; and free for seniors. For more information, contact the Long Branch Recreation Department at 732-571-6545.


    Manasquan, the southernmost beach in Monmouth County, offers miles of wonderful beaches.

    Beach badges are $70 for seasonal pass; $8 daily. Senior citizen badges for ages 65 and older are $25. Children from 12 to 16 are $35 and children younger than 12 are free. Required on weekends beginning Memorial Day weekend and daily after June 18. They can be purchased, cash only, at the Main Pavilion.


    Those looking for a quiet day of surf and sun should consider traveling to Ocean Grove, which offers a peaceful beach experience just blocks from a quaint downtown.

    Daily beach badges are $7 during the week and $12 on the weekend. There also is a weekly pass that can be purchased for $35 while a seasonal badge will cost $70. Children younger than 12 are free with an adult. Badges can be purchased at the beach office on the boardwalk across from the fishing pier. More information can be found by going to or calling 732-988-5533.


    Sea Girt offers a 1.75-mile stretch of beach, with the historic lighthouse overlooking the surf.

    Beach badges are $100 for seasonal pass; $9 daily. Senior citizen badges for ages 65 and older are $55. Children 12 and under are free. They can be purchased, cash only, at the Main Pavilion.


    For a quiet day at the beach, consider Spring Lake, which features the longest stretch of non-commercial boardwalk in the state.

    Beach badges are $100 for a seasonal pass; $60 for 1/2 season — Memorial Day Weekend through July 31 and Aug. 1 through Labor Day; $8 daily. Children aged 11 and younger are free. Call 732-449-0800 ext. 631.  for more information.



    Visitors to Barnegat Light can enjoy both the beautiful beach as well as BarnegatLighthouse State Park, home to "Old Barney."

    Seasonal beach badges are currently available for $25. The price increases to $35 on June 15. Senior citizens, ages 65 and older, can purchase a seasonal pass for $10. Weekly badges also are available at a rate of $20 — with a week being defined as running from Saturday to Friday.

    The daily rate is $5 per person. Children under 12 are admitted for free.
    There is also a $1 per badge charge for any badges that are purchased on the beach. Badges are currently on sale at Borough Hall, located at 10 East 7th Street. The municipal building is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    For more information about beach badges call Borough Hall at 609-494-9196.


    Bay Head's beach is staffed by lifeguards as of June 18, when beach badges are required.

    Seasonal badges are $70 and half-season badges are $45. Daily badges are $7 for those 12 and older, and children younger than 12 are free. To purchase badges, visit the office of Bay Head Improvement Association, at the corner of Mount Street and Lake Avenue. The office will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 28 and 29. Starting June 11, the office will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and, starting on June 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


    Beach Haven is located on Long Beach Island and offers shops and attractions in addition to great surf.

    Seasonal badges are $30 until June 24 and $40 starting June 25. Weekly badges are $20; daily badges are $5. Children 12 and under, adults 65 and over and active duty military personnel can use the beach for free. Those 65 and older must get a special permanent badge by visiting the Beach Badge Office; military personnel must show ID.


    Brick boasts three family-friendly beaches on the Barnegat Peninsula.

    Seasonal badges are $25 before June 15 and $30 after June 15 and are good for Brick Township’s three ocean beaches along Route 35 and the bathing area at Windward Beach Park on Princeton Avenue. A daily wristband is $5. There are no weekly badges sold.Beachgoers who turn 65 before Sept. 1 can access the beach for free. A birth certificate or valid driver's license is required.


    Harvey Cedars is located on the northern end of Long Beach Island and offers bay and ocean beaches.

    Seasonal passes are $30 in the preseason and $40 after June 15. Senior citizens, age 65 and older, may get a seasonal pass for $9. Weekly badges also are offered at a rate of $20. There is a day rate of $9.
    Badges are currently on sale at Borough Hall, which is located at 7606 Long Beach Blvd. Hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More information about beach badges can be obtained by calling Borough Hall at 609-361-6000, or the Sunset Park booth at 609-361-9733.


    Island Beach State Park offers beautiful surf as well as kayaking, hiking and more.

    Beach badges are not required. Instead, Island Beach charges a per vehicle fee. From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, the beach is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until dusk.  On Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, the beach is open from 7 a.m. until dusk.  Per vehicle fees are $6 on weekdays and $10 on weekends and holidays.  A state park season pass is $50. Call 732-793-0506 for more information.


    Lacey Township is home to several beaches off of lakes, creeks and Barnegat Bay but only four require beach badges. The beaches are not far from the downtown area where restaurants and shopping centers can be found.

    Beach Badges are $5 and are required for people over the age of seven. Badges will be available starting June 1 in the Recreation Office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends starting July 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Proof of residency is required. Badges will be required starting June 26


    Visitors to Lavallette can enjoy swimming, surfing, kayaking, boating and fishing. 

    Seasonal beach and bay passes (for swimmers) are available for $35 until June 13. The price increases to $45 on June 14. Badges are $24 for seniors 65 and older, veterans and disabled persons. Daily badges are $7 and can be purchased at beachfront entrances. Children under 12 are always free.

    The Beach Badge Office, located next to Borough Hall and Police Headquarters on Rt. 35 North between Brooklyn and Washington streets, is open Friday from 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The number is (732) 793-2111. 


    Long Beach Township makes up much of Long Beach Island, encompassing multiple communities and 12 miles of oceanfront.

    Beach badge prices are $30 seasonal when purchased before June 15; $40 when purchased June 15 and later. Weekly badge is $20 and daily badge $5. Children younger than 12 are free. Senior citizen badge is $5; senior badges from 2010 can still be used. Badges can be purchased at the Beach Badge Office on 68th Street in Brant Beach, next to town hall.


    Mantoloking offers one public beach and two private beaches, with public access from Mathis Place through Herbert Street, accessible by four walkways on East Avenue, one on Lyman Street, and one on Ocean Avenue, which are all on the Bay Head side of town.

    Beach badges are available for $12 for the season, and are free for all active military members as well as children 12 and younger. For more information, call the municipal building at 732-899-6600 ext. 100 or visit Mantoloking's municipal website.


    Ortley Beach is a quiet recreational area that also is home to Joey Harrison's Surf Club.

    Seasonal passes to Ortley Beach are $35. The price increases to $50 on May 31. Toms River township residents age 62 and older are entitled to a lifetime senior beach pass for free. Seasonal and senior passes can be purchased at the Toms River Recreation Administration Building (1810 Warren Point Road) or the Toms River Senior Center (652 Garfield Ave.) Both are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  


    Point Pleasant Beach, the ever-popular tourist attraction, is home to at least five major beaches: Jenkinson's, Risden's, Martell's, Bradshaw's and the Maryland Avenue Beach.

    For detailed information on beach badge prices, lifeguard hours and more, click the "Point Pleasant" link above.


    Seaside Heights is one of the most well-known Shore towns, home to amusements and food on the boardwalk as well as the site of MTV's "Jersey Shore."

    Seaside Heights offers seasonal beach passes for $45. Lifetime beach badges for seniors 65 and older are available for $10 and must be purchased at Borough Hall. Borough Hall is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  It’s located at 901 Boulevard.

    Daily passes cost $5, and children under 12 are always free. In May and early June, seasonal beach badges can also be purchased at the Kearney Avenue Beach Control Headquarters on weekends. After mid June, when the Kearney Avenue Beach Control Building opens full-time, they can be purchased between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. every day.

    For information on Seaside Heights' boardwalk piers, click here.


    Seaside Park also is home to its own sunbathers and boardwalk, featuring the Funtown Pier Amusements.

    Seasonal beach badges for Seaside Park are now $45. The price is raised to $50 on June 15. Seasonal badges for seniors 65 and older cost $20. Badges can be purchased at the Bathhouse on the corner of ‘N Street’ and Ocean Avenue Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Daily badges are $10. For more information, call 732-793-3700.


    Ship Bottom, known as the "Gateway to LBI," is home to more than just beach: amusements, antique shops, art galleries, fine dining and more can be found here.

    Beach badges cost $30 for a seasonal pass until May 31; $40 for a seasonal pass starting June 1; $20 for weekly pass; and $5 for a daily pass. Senior badges are $10 and are sold at Borough Hall. Badges are required starting June 18. Submit a Beach Badge Order Form or buy them at Borough Hall, 1621 Long Beach Boulevard, Ship Bottom, 609-494-2171, ext. 102.


    Surf City, an 18-mile barrier island, is home to beautiful surf, fine dining and boutiques.

    Beach badges cost $25 for a seasonal pass until May 31; $35 for seasonal pass starting June 1; $17 for weekly pass; $7 daily. Seniors and children under 12 years old are free. Required starting June 18. Buy them at the Surf City Municipal Building, 813 Long Beach Boulevard, Surf City; 609-494-3064.

    Jersey Shore Happenings



    JUNE 2011

     June 12, 2011 - Blues by the Beach - 7pm

    Bands will play including local bands

    Concerts will be held in West End Park 

    Corner of Brighton & Ocean Ave

    Tonight – Philadelphia Funk


    June 16, 2011 - Thursday's by the Sea Concert - 7pm

     Week-night music series

     featuring local talent

     Festival Plaza at Pier Village

    Tonight – B Street Band


    June 19, 2011 – 17Th Annual Cruise to the JerseyShore - 9am - 4pm

    Jersey Shore Car Show with great classic cars
     and live music by RB Express
     Great Lawn at the Oceanfront Promenade

    Rain Date - June 26


    June 19, 2011 - Blues by the Beach - 7pm

    Bands will play including local bands

    Concerts will be held in West EndPark

    Corner of Brighton & Ocean Ave

    Tonight – Chuck Lambert


    June 23, 2011 - Thursday's by the Sea Concert - 7pm

     Week-night music series

     featuring local talent

     Festival Plaza at Pier Village

    Tonight – Tim Mcloone


    June 26, 2011 - Blues by the Beach - 7pm

    Bands will play including local bands

    Concerts will be held in West End Park

    Corner of Brighton & Ocean Ave

    Tonight – Matt O’Ree


    June 28, 2011 – Downtown Tuesday Nights – 7pm

    On the Broadway Stage behind Brookdale

    Tonight – Long Branch High Jazz School Orchestra


    June 30, 2011 - Thursday's by the Sea Concert - 7pm

     Week-night music series

     featuring local talent

     Festival Plaza at Pier Village

    Tonight – Goldenseal

    SIX FLAGS GREAT ADVENTURE kicks off the season May 25

    Six Flags Great Adventure will kick off the 2011 season poised to deliver another season of thrilling family fun with the all-new Safari Discoveries, the newly-themed Safari Kids area, spectacular shows and the introduction of GREEN LANTERN, a stand-up coaster themed around the DC Comics Super Hero, scheduled to debut May 25


    New Safari Discoveries - Guests can go a little wild inside the theme park this season with the all-new Safari Discoveries located in The Golden Kingdom.  The new area will feature a California sea lion exhibit with an underwater viewing pool; a walk-thru aviary - Parakeet Paradise; a Wild Safari nursery featuring exotic animal babies; and "Please Touch" ambassadors showcasing various animals and more. 


    Newly-Themed Safari Kids - Parents and young children will experience the newly-themed area "Safari Kids" featuring pint-sized rides and attractions. Safari Kids will also feature an all-new bird show "Extreme Raptors."


    Underground Stroage Tanks

    UST Funds Depleted/Program Suspended

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has sent out notification that the “Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Remediation, Upgrade & Closure Fund (UST Fund) has been depleted. Therefore retroactive to May 3rd new UST Fund applications for both “leaking” and “non-leaking” tank programs will not be processed. These programs had previously provided grants to property owners for the removal, replacement and if needed remediation of petroleum tanks. Both programs are suspended until further funding becomes available. Applications are no longer being accepted for the “non-leaking” tank program however, applications for the “leaking” tank program will continue to be accepted and will be processed in the order which they were received once funding is secured. To view the NJDEP letter that was sent to NJAR®,.Download USTProgramCancellation letter.


    Governor Signs Underground Storage Tank Funding Law

    On October 1, 2009, Governor Jon S. Corzine signedA-3739 into law. This new law, which NJAR® strongly supported, allows homeowners replacing or closing petroleum underground storage tanks (UST's) to apply for reimbursement from the state before actually doing work on their UST. Prior to this law, homeowners had to expend their own funds before applying for reimbursement. In addition, the state will have to issue written confirmation to a homeowner that they are eligible for reimbursement funds to close or replace their UST before any work is actually done.

    Legislature Approves Underground Storage Tank Fund Legislation

    On June 25, 2009, the New Jersey State Senate approved A-3739, legislation which allows certain homeowners to apply for funding to replace or close an underground storage tank (UST) before they begin replacing or closing it. Under current law, homeowners must use their own funds to replace or close a UST before they can apply for funding. A-3739 changes this and also requires that written confirmation be given to homeowners stating their eligibility for reimbursement from the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Remediation, Upgrade and Closure Fund. This legislation was previously approved by the General Assembly on March 16, 2009 and is now pending the approval of Governor Jon Corzine.


    New Jersey law now provides grants and loans to homeowners and business owners who qualify from the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Remediation, Upgrade and Closure Fund to help finance closure and associated remediation of unregulated underground storage tanks (USTs)before they begin to leak. For further details, read the full text of the law.