2012 September
Focus on... Energy & The Environment

Energy Conservation Help with Going Green
2012 September Help with Going Green

With the green movement in full swing across the country, it is not surprising that incorporating energy saving and efficient measures has trickled into condominium development. Today, many buildings in New Jersey pride themselves for …

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Energy Conservation Green Pioneers
2012 September Green Pioneers

 Going green doesn’t have anything to do with choosing a natural paint color for your kitchen, or  planting herbs in your community garden. But the phrase can have many different  meanings and can be done across a broad spectrum. Turning o…

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Energy Conservation Garbage In, Garbage Out
2012 September Garbage In, Garbage Out

 We as a culture produce a lot of trash—and not just in the form of reality television shows, late night infomercials,  and bad romance novels. Whether it’s the candy wrappers we toss into the trash bins outside on the sidewalk, the  newsp…

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Energy Conservation Ten Hot (and Cool) Tips
2012 September Ten Hot (and Cool) Tips

 Energy efficiency has become a “buzz word” over the past couple years in New Jersey and more and more gadgets and devices  have come on the market that are specifically designed to use less energy.  Saving energy does a lot more than just…

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Insurance How Much is Enough?
2012 September How Much is Enough?

 Legendary funny man Benny Goodman once said, “I don’t want to tell you how much insurance I carry with the Prudential, but all I can  say is: when I go, they go too!” The comedian hits on all-important issue: how much insurance is too muc…

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Energy Conservation Board Members for Life
2012 September Board Members for Life

 It is one of life’s eternal questions: is it possible to have too much of a good thing? That  question certainly can apply to the matter of long-serving board members, those  individuals who get elected and re-elected term after term. And…

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Management Under New Management
2012 September Under New Management

For the most part, human nature is fearful of change, and that’s why people are more likely to stick with what they have and what they know, rather than explore new possibilities. That’s definitely the case with condos and co-o…

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Management Managing Diverse Communities
2012 September Managing Diverse Communities

New Jersey is one of the most diverse areas in the United States. Its proximity to two melting pot cities, New York and Philadelphia, only magnifies what is already a diverse mix of people. In any sizable community, people from…

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Finance The Nuclear Option
2012 September The Nuclear Option

 “We have 500 condo accounts and I can count on one or two hands the number of the  ones that are not having issues with arrears,” reports Karen Sackstein, CPA, whose accounting firm, The Condo Queens, is based  in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. “…

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Organizations Keeping It Cool
2012 September Keeping It Cool

 Heating and cooling systems within condominium developments are called upon to  provide safe, consistent energy to residents. The people who bring you heat,  air cooling and refrigeration know that, and want to find what works—and what do…

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Law & Legislation Is It Time To Prohibit Smoking?
2012 September Is It Time To Prohibit Smoking?

 There is little or no question that secondhand smoke is a carcinogen which poses  a serious cancer risk and can cause other health problems to persons who are  exposed to it. Indeed the 2010 U.S. Surgeon General’s report states unequivoca…

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Q&A Q&A: Rules for Quorum
2012 September Q&A: Rules for Quorum

Q Is there a law allowing us to conduct a meeting without a quorum reached? We need more than 50 percent of the vote and certain shareholders refuse to attend meetings. We don't have a co-op board and cannot elect one. The old board mem…

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Q&A Q&A: Deed-less Garage
2012 September Q&A: Deed-less Garage

Q We are a small, self-managed association that has a complicated problem that needs to be solved. The problem concerns the 25th garage and the association’s inability to obtain this particular garage. The original architect built 24 ga…

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