2012 December
Focus on... Safety & Security

Security Too Hot to Handle!
2012 December Too Hot to Handle!

 The discovery of fire is considered a major turning point in man's evolution  from cave dweller to outer space explorer. Control of fire allowed early man  warmth for his habitat, a way to cook his meals, and light for his  surroundings. …

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Security Staying Safe
2012 December Staying Safe

 For most people, nothing is more important than knowing that they and their  families are safe and secure in the place they call home. Boards, management  and security firms all must work together seamlessly and cohesively to create  that…

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Security A  Private Matter
2012 December A Private Matter

 The issue of intellectual property and an individual’s right to privacy has become a greater concern since more and more people  conduct their lives online—whether for banking, social media or dating. While the aforementioned generally  h…

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Security Who Watches the Watchmen?
2012 December Who Watches the Watchmen?

 Back in the 1980s, McGruff the Crime Dog taught children and parents alike to “Take a bite out of crime.” The tough but affable, anthropomorphic bloodhound was created by the Ad Council  for the National Crime Prevention Council and used …

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Board Operations Meeting Masters
2012 December Meeting Masters

 Disorganized and poorly-run board meetings are time-wasters that can make even  the most ardent board member cringe at the thought of an upcoming session. On  the flip side, a well-run board meeting can be a productive hour or two or  thr…

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Real Estate Trends The 2013 Market Forecast
2012 December The 2013 Market Forecast

 While the housing market seems to have picked itself up off the canvas from the  doldrums of the recession that affected the economy from 2006-2010, New Jersey  suffered a crippling knockout from Superstorm Sandy, a hurricane that hit the…

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Management Emergency Preparedness 101
2012 December Emergency Preparedness 101

 As the devastation of Superstorm Sandy continues to be tallied, (up to nearly  $50 billion in the Garden State alone) and New Jersey residents— those who bore the brunt of the disaster, as well as those less directly  affected— take stock…

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Design New Life for Unused Rooms
2012 December New Life for Unused Rooms

 Media room, game room, common room, party room—regardless of what you call them, the purpose of these shared spaces in co-ops  and condos is to give residents a place to gather; to hold an in-house meeting,  throw a graduation party or sc…

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Q&A Q&A: Allowing Access
2012 December Q&A: Allowing Access

Q I am looking for information regarding service contractors (i.e. cable, Internet) needing to set up a prior appointment to access the equipment that is installed on owner's terraces. Does the unit owner have to be at home to let the …

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