2011 April
Focus on... Landscaping & Lawn Care

Landscaping Mark Your Calendar for Expo 2011
2011 April Mark Your Calendar for Expo 2011

 It’s time to turn our attention to The New Jersey Cooperator’s 2011 Condo, HOA & Co-op Expo, a must-attend event for the Garden State’s property managers, board members, real estate professionals, shareholders and  unit owners.    …

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Landscaping Bountiful Harvest
2011 April Bountiful Harvest

The “greening” of condominium living is expanding to the landscape, where shared fruit and vegetable gardens get residents involved and add beauty to the property. They’re not the Garden of Eden, but from small to large, they provide a b…

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Landscaping Don't Bug Me
2011 April Don't Bug Me

 Forget about things that go 'bump!' in the night; anxiety over pest insects  plague any green thumb and can frustrate the newer gardener. Not only can ants,  grubs, and termites give you the willies, but they can also destroy property,  l…

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Landscaping Is Grass Passé?
2011 April Is Grass Passé?

When most people think of landscaping, they think of shrubs, trees, meticulously laid-out and maintained flowerbeds, and artful plantings scattered around a building or development. Landscaping doesn’t end with growing things, however; …

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Landscaping Managing Capital Improvement Projects
2011 April Managing Capital Improvement Projects

Meet George Shelfliner, the fictitious owner of the fictitious Shelfliner Remodeling, a company that (hasn’t really) been around for two decades. Shelfliner is working on a remodel of a fictitious common room at the fictitious Friendly …

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Landscaping Trees for All
2011 April Trees for All

Since its founding in 1972, on the centennial anniversary of the very first Arbor Day, the Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) has been steadfast in its mission to "plant, nurture, and celebrate trees." The organization, with founder J…

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Landscaping New & Improved
2011 April New & Improved

Almost a century ago, if you lived in The Ansonia, a residential hotel on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, you would have had access to a variety of very interesting amenities that make the screening rooms and tennis courts of today's condo…

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Landscaping Going Rogue
2011 April Going Rogue

 There’s nothing worse than dealing with someone who has let power go to their head.  Just because someone is on the board of their building or HOA does not give  them the right to operate under a different set of rules from the rest of th…

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Landscaping Money, Money, Money
2011 April Money, Money, Money

From attorneys to contractors, every building and HOA has a list of various professionals to work with to keep things running smoothly. One of the most important of these professionals is the building’s accountant. One wrong calculation…

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Landscaping New Legislation & Oversight for HOA Elections
2011 April New Legislation & Oversight for HOA Elections

On February 17, 2011, the New Jersey Legislature introduced a new bill to help ensure fairness and accuracy in homeowners’ association elections. New Jersey Assembly Bill (A3802)—or its companion bill in the Senate (S1293)—sponsored in t…

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Establishing Vital Protocols
2011 April Establishing Vital Protocols

Bedbugs are a fact of urban, and these days, even suburban life, and a growing problem for residents in communal environments. As the bedbug epidemic mushrooms, the likelihood of having bedbug encounters grows significantly each year. …

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Landscaping Camden, New Jersey
2011 April Camden, New Jersey

 Camden, New Jersey is located across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. About  77,344 reside in the city as of the 2010 U.S. Census. At its peak, its  population swelled to nearly 125,000 in the 1950s. Over the years, Camden has  been …

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Landscaping Budget Basics
2011 April Budget Basics

 It's springtime, and the annual budget process for associations is quickly  approaching. To avoid financial surprises, budgets should be as realistic as  possible. With that in mind, one of the main goals of the budget process should  be …

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Q&A Q&A: Dealing with a Difficult Board?
2011 April Q&A: Dealing with a Difficult Board?

Q I live in a co-op building in New Jersey with a seemingly tyrannical board that displays arrogance and disregards shareholders’ concerns. For example, the board appointed a shareholder of their choosing, to the vacant seat, stating to…

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