Union County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit showcases artists ages 60 and older

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The Union County 2021 Senior Citizens’ Virtual Art Exhibit, provides senior artists in our community with an opportunity to reach new audiences. It showcases 125 original works created by residents aged 60 and older.

There is an array of work in the categories of Acrylic Painting, Craft, Digital Art, Drawing, Mixed Media, Oil Painting, Pastel, Photography, Sculpture and Watercolor.

Photos can be viewed on the Union County website at ucnj.org/senior-art.

According to nj.com, For more information about programs and services related to the arts and history in Union County, contact the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, a division of the Department of Parks and Recreation, at culturalinfo@ucnj.org or 908-558-2550 (NJ Relay users dial 711), or visit https://www.ucnj.org/cultural.

Thousands Turn Out for 2021 Return of Garwood Still Rocks!

Thousands turned out on a sun splashed Sunday afternoon for the much-ballyhooed return of Garwood Still Rocks! in Downtown Garwood, NJ.  Thanks to the efforts of its key sponsor Vermella at Garwood Station, the wildly popular street fair, music festival and car show took place on Sunday, September 19th, the first time Garwood Still Rocks! was held in the fall.

Organized by the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC), the fun-filled, family-oriented event was highlighted by an all-day live stage, entertainment, vendors, and festival food including many area favorite food trucks.  Artisans and craftspeople displayed paintings, pottery, photography, handmade jewelry, furniture, and many other unique gifts. The classic car show hosted by “Hot Rod Mike” drew 130 cars.  There was also a Beer and Wine Garden.

Annually one of the most popular events in Union County, NJ, Garwood Still Rocks! returned after last year’s cancellation due to the pandemic.    Supported by Vermella at Garwood Station, the new luxury rental community from Russo Development, Garwood Still Rocks! welcomed attendees to Center Street for the first time since June, 2019.  This was the 7th time the event has been held in Garwood.

Vermella at Garwood Station will feature 296 stylish apartments and an impressive 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities.  Leasing is expected to open shortly for the community, which is located at 450 South Avenue, adjacent to the New Jersey Transit train station.

“We were delighted to help support this wonderful event,” said Ed Russo, Chief Executive Officer of Russo Development.  “This annual gathering of residents and visitors in a family-oriented setting enjoying so many of the things that make Garwood special is a great example of the strong sense of community that exists here which attracted us to this close-knit neighborhood.  We came to town to be an active, contributing neighbor, and assisting Garwood Still Rocks! exemplifies that commitment.”

Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce

For over 70 years, GWACC (the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce) has been connecting commerce and community. The GWACC promotes the economic prosperity of businesses primarily in Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, Scotch Plains and Westfield. It is the largest association of businesses and nonprofits in our area. Members include business owners, professionals, managers, and operators. Membership cultivates the opportunity to build relationships, partner, make referrals, increase business, attend lunch, and learns, and support the community. For more information about the GWACC, visit www.gwaccnj.com. You can also call the office at 908-233-3021 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Our office is now located at 212 Lenox Avenue, Westfield, NJ 07090

Vermella at Garwood Station

Vermella at Garwood Station is a new collection of 296 stylish apartments and an incredible 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities scheduled to debut this fall.  Well-appointed studio, one- and two-bedroom residences are in a distinctive four-story building, with select apartments featuring private balconies, terraces, and private entrances.  The community will also add 19,000 square feet of retail including restaurants, coffee shops, and other conveniences to serve the Garwood community at large.  It is the latest addition to Russo Development’s highly popular brand of state-wide Vermella lifestyle communities located in Kearny, Harrison, Union, Verona, Waldwick, and Lyndhurst, with new locations in Woodbridge, Hackensack, and Orange on the way. Visit www.vermellanj.com for more information on the celebrated Vermella lifestyle.

99 Bridge, A New Luxury Rental Community In Old Bridge, Grand Opens For Lease

BNE Real Estate Group Raises the Bar on Amenity-Rich Living in Suburban Middlesex County

OLD BRIDGE, NJ – 99 Bridge, the luxury rental community delivering high-style, amenity-rich living to the Middlesex County town of Old Bridge, is now open for lease, the community’s developers BNE Real Estate Group, LPZ, and Sterling Properties announced today. 

Located at 99 Old Amboy Road, near the nexus of Route 9 and Route 18, 99 Bridge is a collection of 150 modern rental residences complemented by an array of lifestyle amenities. Renters can now choose from a variety of brand new one- and two-bedroom residences that offer spacious floorplans, bright living areas, upscale appointments, and sophisticated design details. 

Monthly rental rates at 99 Bridge start from $2,280, with special grand opening incentives of up to two months free available for a limited time. For more information or to arrange a tour of the community, visit www.Rent99Bridge.com or call 732-970-8444. 

“We’re excited to announce the debut of 99 Bridge,” said Marc Pantirer, a partner at BNE Real Estate Group. “Now more than ever, suburban renters are looking for high-quality, spacious residences and amenities that are on par with what modern rental buildings in the city are offering. 99 Bridge provides all of that and more. We look forward to welcoming our first residents to this beautiful, brand-new community.” 

Designed with today’s sophisticated renter in mind, 99 Bridge offers renters low-maintenance living, access to a wealth of amenities, and plush apartments with features that are both elegant and practical. Each apartment includes nine-foot ceilings, custom modular closets, complimentary window treatments, and in-unit washer & dryer. Kitchens are outfitted with white quartz countertops, espresso cabinetry, modern stainless-steel appliances, full-height tiled walls and backsplashes, and gas ranges. Private outdoor space is also available in select residences. 

The lifestyle amenities at 99 Bridge are highlighted by a two-story resident lounge, a distinguishing design feature that encourages residents to relax and spend time exploring its distinctive spaces. State-of-the-art fitness facilities with virtual training technology, a co-working lounge with private offices, a coffee bar, children’s playroom, billiards and shuffleboard, and a pet spa are just some of the amenities residents can enjoy. Outside, an abundance of amenities and recreation areas are available, including a swimming pool, BBQs and dining areas, an outdoor bar with TV screening areas, lawn areas and fire pits. Additional conveniences include Amazon® package lockers, on-site parking and 24/7 onsite maintenance. The pet-friendly community also includes a dog run. 

Situated on 40 square miles of land in southeastern Middlesex County, about 25 miles south of Manhattan, Old Bridge is a township of 65,000 residents with an attractive rural vibe and all the conveniences of a New York City bedroom community. Route 9, Route 18, and the Garden State Parkway run directly through the municipality and are easily accessible. Downtown New Brunswick is about 20 minutes away and the Jersey shore is about 40 minutes away. NJ TRANSIT and Academy Bus run commuter buses from the Old Bridge Township daily.  

As a township known for its open space, Old Bridge is home to more than 300 acres of developed park land and athletic facilities. One of New Jersey’s outdoor gems, Cheesequake State Park, is located entirely within Old Bridge, home to a lake beach, kayak launches, picnic areas, hiking trails, campsites, and an interpretive center. Old Bridge Waterfront Park offers another taste of the great outdoors, with two new playgrounds, fishing piers, an environmental education trail and pristine views of Raritan Bay. The township is home to 15 parks and community centers that include a variety of athletic fields, sports courts, playgrounds and an ice arena. 

Prospective renters are invited to visit www.Rent99Bridge.com to learn more about the community, view images and floorplans, and schedule a tour. 

ABOUT BNE REAL ESTATE GROUP  

With over 60 years of real estate development experience, BNE Real Estate Group is a national, family-owned organization that is firmly committed to creating exceptional living experiences for its residents. Its distinguished portfolio of properties includes the development of tens of thousands of homes, more than 1 million square feet of commercial space, and the ownership and ongoing management of nearly 8,000 apartments, with communities stretching from the Tri-state area south to Florida, and west to Texas and California.  For more information about BNE Real Estate Group, visit www.LifebyBNE.com

ABOUT STERLING PROPERTIES 

For over 25 years Sterling Properties has been widely recognized as a premier developer of luxury rental communities, upscale single-family homes, townhomes, retail and commercial properties throughout New Jersey and the Metropolitan area.  From the very start, Sterling has remained true to the philosophy that has brought them success – offer top quality housing in desirable locales at appropriate prices. With this in mind, every community created is conceived and engineered with meticulous foresight and planning.  From obtaining the initial permits to finishing the last home in a community, Sterling Properties is fully committed to every facet of the development process. For more information about Sterling Properties, visit www.SterlingPropertiesNJ.com.  

ABOUT LPZ 

LPZ Management, founded over 67 years ago, is a family owned and operated Real Estate Management company.  LPZ Management’s focus has been on improving and managing residential real estate throughout the Garden State.  LPZ provides top level customer service to its residents, and many of its employees have been with the company for decades. Over the years the company has grown and now owns and manages over 3,500 units spread across 22 properties.  For more information about LPZ Management, visit www.RentNJapts.com

Here’s a list of upcoming grocery store openings

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New Jersey is expanding in grocery stores.

According to northjersey.com, over the past year, the region has seen exciting new grocery stores like Aldi and Lidl pop up. Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have opened new locations. And New Jersey standards like Stop & Shop and ShopRite have updated and expanded stores.

Here are grocery stores around North Jersey that are set to open soon.

  • ShopRite, Elmwood Park
  • Whole Foods, Woodcliff Lake
  • Amazon Fresh, Paramus and Woodland Park
  • ShopRite, Wayne
  • ShopRite, Fair Lawn

Clarus Glen Ridge Luxury Rental Community Now Open For Leasing

Second Community in JMF Properties’ Upscale Clarus Brand Delivers 110 Residences on the Border of Montclair and Glen Ridge 

GLEN RIDGE, NJ – Leasing is now underway at Clarus Glen Ridge, the highly-anticipated collection of 110 modern rental residences on the border of Glen Ridge and Montclair, developer JMF Properties announced today. 

As only the second community to carry the prestigious “Clarus” brand name created by JMF Properties Founder and Principal Joe Forgione, Clarus Glen Ridge offers its residents a lifestyle that emphasizes luxury, comfort, convenience, health and well-being. A curated collection of amenities, plush interior spaces and exquisite finishes were designed to exceed all the needs and desires of today’s sophisticated renter.  

The community’s location next to NJ TRANSIT’s Bay Street station and a short walk from downtown Montclair combines commuting convenience with access to a variety of gourmet restaurants, boutique shops, cafes, galleries and cultural attractions. 

Clarus Glen Ridge opens with nearly 50 percent of the residences already leased during a special early leasing period. One- and two-bedroom residences are currently available at monthly rental rates starting from $2,595. Limited-time grand opening incentives are available. For more information, visit www.ClarusGlenRidge.com or call 973-354-5555 to schedule a private tour. 

“Clarus Glen Ridge builds on the tremendous popularity of our first ‘Clarus’ community, Clarus Maplewood, but on a grander scale with more amenities and luxuries,” Mr. Forgione said. “We designed this community to offer residents a complete lifestyle package, and the opportunity to take advantage of everything Glen Ridge and Montclair offers. The result is a product that brings a new housing type to the area and sets a new standard for luxury living, one that we are thrilled to showcase to prospective renters now that the community is officially open.” 

Located on Baldwin Avenue in the historic borough of Glen Ridge, Clarus Glen Ridge features an elevated take on sophisticated rental living, with every last detail scrutinized from the inside out during the development process. 

The community’s gourmet kitchens feature a gas range with Faber® Cristal Collection vented hood, quartz countertops with undermount stainless-steel sinks, European-style, two-tone cabinetry, and stainless-steel appliances. Additional details found throughout the homes include 9’ ceilings, energy-efficient LED light fixtures, seven-inch composite plank floors, in-unit washer and dryer, oversized windows with custom shades, a high-performance heating and cooling system designed to keep residents’ climate control costs down, and spa-like baths with marble floors, walls and accents. Den units and private outdoor space are available in select homes. 

The generous amenity package at Clarus Glen Ridge starts with access to the community’s cutting-edge wellness center, where state-of-the art exercise equipment with touch consoles, cycling, TRX® suspension training, a heavy bag, kettlebells and more are available. A separate personal training studio gives residents access to Echelon® Reflect Touch touchscreens with both live streaming and on-demand training classes, including Zumba, yoga, kickboxing, strength, and cardio-focused workouts from a variety of certified trainers.  

Additional amenities include a central lobby and lounge with hospitality-inspired finishes and a two-sided fireplace, reading lounge, parlor with gas fireplace and wet bar, business center, theatre room, and billiards room with vintage billiards table. Outside, residents enjoy a courtyard with seating areas, outdoor dining, a firepit and grills. An expansive dog park that spans more than 300 feet in length gives the community’s four-legged friends plenty of space to frolic. On-site covered parking, car charging stations, storage lockers, bike storage, and 24/7 maintenance round out the services and conveniences available to residents. Up to two parking spaces per unit are available and the parking garage offers residents direct access to their floor. 

The amenities, residences, and interior spaces at Clarus Glen Ridge were inspired by Clarus Maplewood, the multiple award-winning community that captured the 2018 “Community of the Year” honors for mixed-use communities from the Metropolitan Builders & Contractors Association and is the first community in New Jersey to earn the prestigious WELL Certification – Gold Level by the International WELL Building Institute™, which recognizes buildings designed to enhance the health and wellness of its occupants.  

Taking its cue from the property’s Latin name, which means “clear” or “bright”, JMF’s Clarus brand communities emphasize light-filled residences, exquisite finishes and curated amenities that brighten each resident’s day, day in and day out. Residents enjoy an upscale atmosphere, elegant design, and exquisite finishes throughout each community. 

The Clarus Glen Ridge lifestyle is enhanced by the community’s location in Glen Ridge, a charming borough of a little over 7,000 residents known for its tree-lined suburban streets lit by elegant gas lamps, as well as its top-notch public schools rated highly by the ratings websites Niche.com and Greatschools.org. The Glen Ridge Historic District comprises over 90 percent of Glen Ridge and runs the entire length of the Borough. It includes some of the most well-preserved examples of residential architecture from the turn of the 19th Century. New York City is about 35 minutes away by train. Route 3 and the Garden State Parkway are both easily accessible. 

Glen Ridge is home to a number of neighborhood businesses, including a coffee shop, restaurants, a nail salon, a yoga studio, and local landmarks such as Glen Gazebo, overlooking the lush green park at Toney’s Brook. Neighboring Montclair boasts a vibrant atmosphere, offering excellent shopping and dining, as well as popular annual events such as the Montclair Film Festival and the Montclair Jazz Festival. 

“Clarus Glen Ridge residents can walk to the many restaurants, parks, and cultural attractions that downtown Montclair is known for, but when they return home, they are in a quiet, relaxed suburban neighborhood away from the hustle and bustle,” Mr. Forgione said. “It really is the best of both worlds.” 

For more information on Clarus Glen Ridge, visit www.ClarusGlenRidge.com. For more information on JMF Properties, visit www.jmfproperties.com.  

About JMF Properties 

Under the leadership of Joseph M. Forgione and his 25 years of experience in the industry, JMF Properties has developed a reputation for creating residential, retail, and mixed-use communities of lasting value in some of the state’s most desirable locations. Mr. Forgione has developed more than 2,500 residential units and multiple commercial and retail properties during his career, with more than a dozen current projects totaling over 3.5 million square feet of retail and 1,800 residential units, with another 3 million square feet under development. Projects range from transit-oriented developments to urban and suburban retail centers to sprawling office parks.  

As a former long-time Commissioner of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, a graduate of civil engineering, and a member of the New Jersey Civil Engineers, Mr. Forgione understands the unique responsibilities and needs of all stakeholders involved in the development process, including local government officials, architects, construction managers, investment partners, community members and end users. This holistic approach to development has been vital to JMF’s success, allowing the company to identify under-valued assets, forge strategic partnerships, and develop dynamic residential and retail properties that enhance their host communities, including the first residential community designed for WELL certification in New Jersey. 

Mr. Forgione believes in good corporate citizenship. He is a founding board member of REED Academy School for Autistic Children in Oakland, NJ and a long-term fundraiser for Employment Horizons Corp, an organization that employs men and women who are autistic or physically or mentally challenged. He constructed and donated five homes for Arc/Morris County chapter and recently constructed a group home for Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey, which he donated to the organization in 2020. www.jmfproperties.com

Seeking Suburban Atmosphere And A Seamless Commute To NYC, Law Student Chooses Crossings At Raritan Station

Amenity-Rich Community Next to Train Station Complements Busy Lifestyle

RARITAN, NJ – Kayla Toomer has a busy schedule. She is a second-year law student at Seton Hall Law in Newark, works full-time at a Sixth Avenue law firm in Manhattan, works an internship at the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York, and she is finishing up a master’s degree in diplomacy and international relations. She has a lot of obligations in the city, but when it comes to choosing a place to live, she is more comfortable in a suburban environment.

“I don’t mind working in the city and playing in the city, but when it comes to living in the city, that’s not my ideal,” Ms. Toomer said. “Living in the suburbs was no problem when we were working virtually, but with my office opening up again in two months, I needed to find a place to live that could provide me with the environment I was looking for while also meeting my commuting needs.”

Ms. Toomer began searching for a new apartment early this summer after receiving the notice that she would likely be expected back in the office in the fall. She was living in North Plainfield while working remotely, which has the suburban environment she enjoys, but is not near a train station. Her daily commute would be a nightmare. She discovered Crossings at Raritan Station and knew it would be the perfect fit.

“They showed me the apartment layouts and the amenities, and I found the aesthetics really appealing,” Ms. Toomer said. “I knew I was going to need amenities like the gym, and with the way the market is going, I was happy to see that the rent was within my price range. I chose a one-bedroom apartment with a den and now I’m in the process of moving in. I’m definitely excited about this opportunity to live at Crossings and take advantage of the easier commute.”

Crossings at Raritan Station is a brand-new luxury rental community that opened in May at 59 Second Avenue in the borough of Raritan, just next to the Raritan Train Station. Developed by Accurate Builders & Developers, the community delivers a collection of 256 studio, one- and two-bedroom rental residences, modern indoor and outdoor amenities, and proximity to shops and restaurants in both Raritan and downtown Somerville.

Ms. Toomer said the fact that the train station is just steps from her new apartment will make her daily commute much easier to deal with. She will be commuting on NJ TRANSIT’s Raritan Valley line, which offers many trains with a “one-seat” ride directly into Manhattan and others that travel to Newark Penn Station, where connections to New York are available via NJ TRANSIT or the PATH system. She appreciates the fact that she will be home as soon as the train arrives every evening and will never have to deal with traffic or look for parking.

The convenient location paired with the building’s upscale amenities, such as the state-of-the-art fitness center, means Ms. Toomer will be able to maximize her limited free time. Although her law office has a gym, she prefers to use one closer to home and knows she wouldn’t find the time to drive to one before or after work.

“The location and the gym are really key for me as far as lifestyle goes,” Ms. Toomer said. “They have screens up in the lobby to show your commute times and the gym is great. It’s not just a basic gym. It’s well-stocked with machines and it is nice and bright, which is something I look for. If the energy is bright, I’m much more motivated. I love the gym, but I usually don’t have time to get to one so I am thrilled that I will have one right inside the building.”

Designed by architect Devereaux and Associates, Crossings at Raritan Station has introduced a new caliber of rental residences to suburban Raritan, with features such as 9’ ceilings, luxury plank flooring, and upscale kitchens with quartz counters, modern espresso cabinets, a full-height subway tile backsplash, stainless-steel appliances and a gas range.

The interior spaces were carefully crafted and well thought out, with details such as tiled bath floors and wet walls, an in-unit washer & dryer, and custom roller shade window treatments in every home. Private outdoor balconies and extra-spacious den layouts are available in select homes.

All residents of Crossings at Raritan Station enjoy a full complement of amenities and services that include a sophisticated lobby lounge with coffee bar, a state-of-the-art fitness center with virtual training technology, Amazon® package lockers, private covered parking, a bicycle share, bicycle storage and 24/7 onsite maintenance.

Outside, multiple landscaped courtyards provide abundant space for al fresco recreation and relaxation. Among them are an outdoor terrace with lounge seating, BBQs, a fire pit, outdoor games, and a meditation garden with hammocks and greenery. Residents will also enjoy access to a tennis court, basketball court, and dog park.

Ms. Toomer is already familiar with the Wegmans Food Market at Bridgewater Town Centre and the abundant shopping and dining at the Bridgewater Commons mall, both about a five-minute drive from Crossings. She’s looking forward to discovering downtown Somerville, which offers a unique variety of restaurants, retail shops and small businesses. Somerville’s pedestrian-only street, Division Street, is a thriving community square that is home to outdoor festivals, concerts, and movies under the stars’ programs. Downtown Raritan’s main street, Somerset Street, is even closer and offers a retail mix that includes an espresso bar, ice cream shop, bakeries, a craft store, music store, and a wide range of eateries.

Raritan is home to five parks and playgrounds as well as tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball/softball fields and two public swimming pools. It borders Duke Farms, a 1,000-acre estate that is open for walking, bicycling, and eco-exploration. Duke Farms also offers atmospheric outdoor dining at the Farm Barn Café and a seasonal farmers market. The Village Brewing Company in downtown Somerville is another local favorite, serving a rotating selection of craft beers and an inspired menu of elevated New American cuisine. Routes 287, 78, 202, 206, 28 and 22 are all nearby and directly connect to other major roads, such as the New Jersey Turnpike. The Lincoln tunnel is about 45 miles away.

Monthly rental rates at Crossings at Raritan Station start from $1,906 net effective, with grand opening incentives of up to two months free for a limited time. Immediate occupancy is available.

Tours of the community’s fully furnished model residences and resort-style amenities are available through The Marketing Directors, who Accurate Builders & Developers selected as the community’s exclusive marketing and leasing agent. For more information or to schedule a tour, visit http://www.CrossingsRaritan.com or call (855) 276-8589.

About Accurate Builders & Developers

Founded by Jack Klugmann in 2009, Accurate Builders & Developers was built around the principle of providing quality construction to transform neighborhoods and the lives of those who live and work in the homes and buildings constructed. The company has earned a reputation for developing high-quality multifamily properties, including transit-oriented developments in key urban and suburban locations. Currently, Accurate is developing and leasing thousands of units in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. A key factor in the company’s success is that Accurate is both the developer and general contractor of its projects. By maintaining control over these critical aspects of any development project, Accurate is able to manage project costs and construction timetables which maximize efficiency and allows the Company to complete projects ahead of schedule and at or below budget. http://www.accuratenj.com.

About The Marketing Directors

The Marketing Directors is a renowned development advisory firm with over forty years of experience working exclusively on behalf of real estate developers to design, market, and sell or lease residential homes. The Marketing Directors team is a collective of strategic thinkers, market experts, and trusted partners. Headquartered in New York with offices and sales teams active across North America, The Marketing Directors have helped clients successfully sell-out hundreds of new developments accounting for more than $30 billion in total sales.

Leasing Launches for Second Rental Phase at Centurion Union Center in Union County, NJ

Leasing is officially underway for the second phase of luxury rental residences at CENTURION Union Center, the highly popular mixed-use development that is fueling the transformation of Union Township’s re-imagined Union Center.

The boutique four-story building opens to the public with more than 30% of its 75 apartments already leased following a spirited pre-leasing period, reports LANDMARK., the community’s developer.

Ideally located at 945 Stuyvesant Avenue just steps from Union Center’s burgeoning downtown featuring restaurants, shops, and retail conveniences, the second phase of CENTURION Union Center offers one- and two-bedroom homes.  The residences are currently priced from $2,100 to $3,180 and are being offered with Grand Opening incentives that include up to two months free on a 26-month lease.  Homes are available for immediate occupancy.

The Marketing Directors, which executed the successful lease-up of the development’s first phase of 80 residences, is once again serving as the exclusive marketing and leasing agent.  The firm is welcoming prospective residents at CENTURION Union Center’s onsite leasing center and providing tours of its fully furnished models decorated by renowned interior designer Lita Dirks & Company.

“The pre-leasing activity we’ve experienced is a testament to how well CENTURION Union Center has been received by the public,” said Manny A. Fernandez, Founder of LANDMARK.  “We’ve created a sense of community here that is only getting stronger, and we look forward to welcoming our newest residents while also continuing to bolster Union Center.”

With a mix of stylish residences, modern amenities, retail services and streetscape improvements, CENTURION Union Center is helping to usher in a new era for Union Center that also includes new lifestyle offerings along Stuyvesant Avenue. 

“Many residents today seek a best-of-both worlds scenario where they can enjoy a downtown, walkable environment like Hoboken and Jersey City, but with more room and less congestion,” said Adrienne Albert, CEO of The Marketing Directors.  “CENTURION Union Center delivers.  Here, renters find an activity-rich, suburban-like setting alongside the conveniences, shops and services of city-centric living.”

Stylish Homes and Modern Amenities

Residences at CENTURION Union Center are lined with designer features and appointments, including nine-foot ceiling heights, wide wood-style plank flooring, vented in-home washer and dryers by GE, and open kitchens with full-size slate GE appliances, gas range stoves, island/peninsula workspaces and quartz countertops.  Luxurious baths are equipped with glass-enclosed showers, porcelain tile and polished chrome fixtures.

Design, function, and fun extend to CENTURION Union Center’s suite of modern amenities that enhances the lifestyle experience.  Coveted outdoor social spaces are highlighted by a stunning rooftop deck featuring stainless steel grills, dining areas, sundeck, lounge areas, bar with island seating and flat screen TVs.

Inside, there’s a clubroom with fireplace, kitchen, and seating area; resident lounge with billiards, a state-of-the-art fitness center, children’s playroom, and lobby coffee room/café. Residents will also appreciate the building’s concierge and premium package management services, dedicated onsite parking spaces, and 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail space, most of which has been leased by neighborhood shops and conveniences. 

Center Of It All

Union Center is quickly gaining momentum as a sought-after downtown setting with its unique character and streetscapes rooted in tradition and history.  Its small-town charm is evident in family-run dining staples like Cioffi’s, the famed Italian restaurant which opened over 40 years ago on Stuyvesant Avenue, as well locally owned ethnic eateries serving Thai, Japanese, Mexican, Columbian, Portuguese, Filipino and many other global cuisines.  Classic pubs and local boutiques also line the downtown streets. These established businesses have been joined by newer retailers such as Crow and the Coconut Yoga and B Fit n Focused Fresh Juices.

Commuting is a breeze from Union which lies at the crossroad of Routes 78 and 22 and the Garden State Parkway.  New Jersey Transit’s Union Station provides service to Newark Penn Station.  Buses to New York City depart just a quick walk from Centurion on Morris Avenue. 

Once completed CENTURION Union Center will add 236 new homes and approximately 27,000 square feet of retail space housed in four buildings to Union Center. 

For additional information on CENTURION Union Center and to schedule a visit to see the furnished model and amenity space, please visit www.LiveCENTURION.com or call 888-910-0975.   The onsite Leasing Center is located at 945 Stuyvesant Avenue, Union NJ.

Growing New Jersey district buys Catholic school building for $5.5M

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The Board of Education for the Elizabeth public school system unanimously approved a to purchase the Benedictine Academy property. This is a Catholic school that closed last year. They bought the building for a total of $5.5 million.

“This is a great day for the city of Elizabeth, for us being able to acquire this property in our North End neighborhood,” said BOE President Jerry Jacobs.

“The district is growing by leaps and bounds,” Jacobs said.“

This is really an incredible year. The acquisition of Our Lady of Fatima, the acquisition of St. Genevieve’s, and now the acquisition of Benedictine Academy,” Hugelmeyer said, referring to past building purchases. “This will help our community greatly help our children. It is a very exciting 2021-2022 school year.”

Garwood Still Rocks! Coming to Downtown Garwood Next Weekend

Garwood Still Rocks! will take place next weekend (Sunday, September 19th) in Downtown Garwood, NJ.  For the first time ever, the fun-filled event will take place in the fall thanks to the efforts of its key sponsor Vermella at Garwood Station, reports its organizer the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC).  The new luxury rental community from Russo Development, which features 296 stylish apartments and an impressive 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities, will open this fall in this Union County borough.

Garwood is revving up once again to rock out and enjoy a full day of family fun on Sunday, September 19th, 2021, from 11 AM – 6 PM (rain or shine) when Garwood Still Rocks! returns after a one-year hiatus due to the Pandemic.

Garwood Still Rocks! features a classic car show hosted by “Hot Rod Mike” which is expected to draw over 100 cars this year, in addition to an all-day live stage, entertainment, vendors, and festival food including many area favorite food trucks.  Artisans and craftspeople will display paintings, pottery, photography, handmade jewelry, furniture, and many other unique gifts.  The Crossroads is sponsoring the Beer & Wine Garden and providing the main entertainment at the Garwood Rocks main stage. The music lineup will begin with performances by two local music schools.  Scheduled to perform are:

  • 11:00AM              Valencia School of Music
  • 12:30PM              RMC Music 
  • 2:00PM                4 Flight Rock
  • 3:30PM                Mushmouth
  • 5:00PM                Riff Raff

“We’re delighted to help support this wonderful event,” said Ed Russo, Chief Executive Officer of Russo Development.  “This annual gathering of residents and visitors in a family-oriented setting enjoying so many of the things that make Garwood special is a great example of the strong sense of community that exists here which attracted us to this close-knit neighborhood.  We came to town to be an active, contributing neighbor, and look forward to helping Garwood Still Rocks!”

Garwood Mayor Sara Todisco said “I am beyond excited for the return of our street fair with Garwood Still Rocks! happening in September. It’s a highlight of the year to see our community and neighbors come together to enjoy the live music, car show, food, and shopping. I’m very grateful for the key sponsorship by Vermella at Garwood Station, which helped make this day possible along with all the other sponsors and the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce.”

Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce

For over 70 years, GWACC (the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce) has been connecting commerce and community. The GWACC promotes the economic prosperity of businesses primarily in Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, Scotch Plains and Westfield. It is the largest association of businesses and nonprofits in our area. Members include business owners, professionals, managers, and operators. Membership cultivates the opportunity to build relationships, partner, make referrals, increase business, attend lunch, and learns, and support the community. For more information about the GWACC, visit www.gwaccnj.com. You can also call the office at 908-233-3021 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Our office is now located at 212 Lenox Avenue, Westfield, NJ 07090

Vermella at Garwood Station

Vermella at Garwood Station is a new collection of 296 stylish apartments and an incredible 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities scheduled to debut this fall.  Well-appointed studio, one- and two-bedroom residences are in a distinctive four-story building, with select apartments featuring private balconies, terraces, and private entrances.  The community will also add 19,000 square feet of retail including restaurants, coffee shops, and other conveniences to serve the Garwood community at large.  It is the latest addition to Russo Development’s highly popular brand of state-wide Vermella lifestyle communities located in Kearny, Harrison, Union, Verona, Waldwick, and Lyndhurst, with new locations in Woodbridge, Hackensack, and Orange on the way. Visit www.vermellanj.com for more information on the celebrated Vermella lifestyle.