Want to see some of the most beautiful Fireworks in New Jersey? It’s right here in Mountain Lakes

Mountain Lakes will celebrate Independence Day with fireworks and a daytime BBQ on Saturday, July 4. Both will take place at the Mountain Lakes Club. The fireworks will start about 9:00 p.m. They are staged from a barge in the middle of Mountain Lake for better viewing and photographing around the Lake. Island Beach will be open for residents to use. The fireworks are supported by donations from the community and they are organized by the recreation department.

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Mountain Lakes Manna – Reprinted from HudsonMOD Magazine

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MOUNTAIN LAKES is one of northern New Jersey’s most affluent towns. Because of its elite status, HornRock Properties has chosen it to debut their newest luxury residences. The Legacy of Mountain Lakes is a community of townhomes nestled in the quaint woods of Morris County. These lavish units cater to homebuyers who want a small-town charm while being close to busy city life.

New York City is easily accessible via New Jersey Transit trains and buses, as well as Routes 46, 80 and 280. Mountain Lakes’ school system is top rated in New Jersey. Students’ Advanced Placement participation, SAT scores and graduation rates are all very high. Its proximity to parks, lakes and outdoor facilities makes it a wonderful place to live and raise a family.

“The Legacy of Mountain Lakes is a housing opportunity that doesn’t come around very often in the exclusive Morris County market,” says David Hornblass of HornRock Properties. “It’s a rare chance to purchase an upscale, brand-new townhome that includes an array of modern and contemporary finishes not commonly found in the area’s existing housing inventory.”

The Carriage Series includes the Midvale and the Hillcrest, and the Signature Series consists of the Fernwood and the Briarcliff. Both series boast a multitude of amenities such as hardwood floors and top-of-the-line appliances and feature beautiful stone and stucco exteriors.

The Midvale and Hillcrest feature three full bedrooms, two full and two half bathrooms, one- or two-car garages, designer kitchens, dining and family rooms, patios and master suites.

The Fernwood and the Briarcliff have three full bedrooms, two full and one half bathrooms, two-car garages, designer kitchens, Great Rooms with fireplaces, libraries, walk-out basements, granite countertops and spacious master suites and master baths with Kohler fixtures.

The Legacy offers upscale gourmet cooking amenities, including premium Wolf ranges and ovens. In addition, the homes are sleekly styled and furnished with top-quality finishes. The open-floor plan allows easy entertainment of guests, and the location makes it ideal for enjoying the great outdoors.

“This sought-after neighborhood fulfills all the luxury lifestyle needs of today’s sophisticated homebuyer, with a wide selection of well-designed and exquisitely appointed floor plans and open and airy interior spaces. Of course, homebuyers receive all this in an affluent borough that offers all the attributes of the perfect suburban lifestyle,” says Hornblass.

For more information about the Legacy of Mountain Lakes, please visit www.legacyofmountainlakes.com

Why Mountain Lakes?
High-ranking New Jersey public school system
Near recreation such as the Mountain Lakes Club, Rockaway Valley Country Club and Lakeland Hills YMCA
Close to parks and jogging and biking trails
Just 15 minutes away from historic Morristown
Access to public transportation
Close to restaurants, shops, golf courses and other entertainment
Routes 80, 46 and 287 easily accessible

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Did You Know? Here’s A Little History on Mountain Lakes.

In 1910, Mountain Lakes was a rural woodland owned by a few families with names such as Righter, Grimes, Ball and Van Duyne.  In the space of ten years, however, the entire face of Mountain Lakes changed from a wilderness of Dutch and English properties to a planned suburban community of large stucco houses now affectionately known as “Lakers.” During this single decade, the natural and architectural character of Mountain Lakes was developed.  Since then, despite superficial changes, the original design imagined by the local engineer, Lewis Van Duyne, and executed primarily by developer, Herbert J. Hapgood, remains intact.
Today, some 90 years later, Mountain Lakes is still prospering, essentially intact, whereas other planned communities have lost their identities to intrusive development.  Mountain Lakes ability to preserve its original design and character has been cited by professional planners as unique among American communities.
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Herbert J. Hapgood

Fifteen years after Lewis Van Duyne surveyed the site for the nearby Boonton Reservoir, his practiced eye conceived a design for the development of the property adjacent to the city-bound branch of the Lackawanna Railroad.  The site was a large tract of pristine land, one of rolling hills, woods, swamps and boulders.  With the vague idea in mind of clearing the land and developing the site, he contacted developer and entrepreneur, Herbert J. Hapgood.
Hapgood, together with his landscape engineer, Arthur T. Holton, had a vision.  He wanted to build homes in a popular, marketable mode.  So he set out to build a gracious planned community to provide future homeowners with comfortable family-oriented homes.
As the first houses were built, residents ventured out from New York to escape the city heat.  The first family, the Lawrence W. Luellens, moved into 46 Dartmouth Road on March 17, 1911.  By the end of June, some fifty families had taken up residence.  After the railroad station was completed in November of 1912, commuters were ready to take advantage of a direct train line to New York.  By the end of 1912, two hundred Hapgood homes were sold and occupied.  By 1923, approximately six hundred stucco houses were built to meet the overwhelming demand.
Hapgood was particularly influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, at the height of its popularity in 1910 when he started building.  He took many features of Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman architecture and philosophy and adapted them to his own designs.  His houses were solid and boxy in appearance.  They were large yet non-ostentatious homes with variations of colonial or neo-classical detail.  All showed a clear relationship to the natural environment and promoted outdoor living.  They were made to fit into the landscape, located on natural rather than graded terrain.  Narrow roads were curved to fit the contours of the land.  Local boulderstone was used extensively.  The houses were designed to appeal to upper middle-class people who wanted to raise their families in a wholesome country environment filled with recreational opportunities and neighbors who would share their values.
An early advertisement features three distinct types of houses which were built on lots near the banks of Wildwood and Mountain Lakes, these lakes having been created for the residential park by three earthen dams.  Hapgood named them the Manor House, the Semi-Bungalow and the Swiss Chalet.  These styles were actually adaptations of the Foursquare House common in American towns in the early part of the twentieth century.  In an article entitled, “The American Foursquare,” in The Old House Journal (February 1982), the architectural historian, Renee Kahn, defines the Foursquare as a two story house with “a square boxlike shape, and a low hipped roof with broad overhanging eaves.  The exterior is unadorned, relying for impact on its shape and proportion.  There is usually a porch extending the full width of the front elevation.  Most often, there is a dormer in the roof facing front; sometimes there will also be dormers on the two side planes of the roof.  Occasionally there will be a bay window or other architectural feature that breaks up the absolute flatness of the sides.”
The Hapgood model homes were early forerunners of the modern development, but each house was modified to suit individual tastes.  To the basic styles of these houses, Hapgood added colonial and craftsman features.  He reversed floor plans, and inter- changed architectural details.
The choice of materials used in the Lakers reflected both local availability and the fashion of the times.  The fieldstone of the chimneys, walls and foundations was deposited regionally by the Wisconsin glacier ten thousand years ago.  Chestnut paneling, ceiling cross beams and oak flooring were cut from trees by Hapgood at local sawmills using the timber cleared from the construction sites.  Around 1910, builders began to show increased interest in stucco.  Renee Kahn states, “Although its initial cost was slightly more than wood, it required little or no maintenance, and could be tinted delicate pastel colors when wet …  A soft beige/brown appears to have originally been the most popular color.”
As is generally the case in planned communities, most of the trees and plants were removed for ease of construction.  Trees and bushes which have sprung up since reflect the natural, informal landscaping that was prevalent at the time.  The mountain laurel and rhododendron, for example, are specifically adaptive to our acid soil.  Other decorative outdoor structures consisted of garden trellises, pergolas, gazebos, boathouses and tennis courts designed to enhance the enjoyment of the outdoors.
An unusual feature of the development was that so many houses, nearly 500 of them, were built by one developer.  That so many of them have survived is also unusual.  In fact, the 454 original houses still remaining is one of the largest collections of Craftsman-influenced houses in the United States.
The original design layout and the “Hapgoods” established the community as an ideal garden suburb and inspired subsequent development.  The later homes were, for the most part, smaller and of various styles, but the original standards of quality in materials and craftsmanship were continued.  Although there is no code in the Borough to control style of architecture, there exists nevertheless a certain homogeneity within the community derived in large part from the prominence of the old stucco Hapgood homes and the dominance of colonial styles among newer buildings.
In 1923, when Hapgood’s enterprise failed, the Belhall Company was formed to take control of undeveloped land and steps were taken for Mountain Lakes to become a separate municipality.  It is significant that, at this time, a committee was formed to draw up possible boundaries for the new Borough.  So it was, that only a little more than a decade after the first construction, boundaries were drawn that went to the Denville border on the west and to Intervale Road on the east, explicitly “in order to permit continuity in development.” This was recognition of the idea that Hapgood’s vision extended not only to the properties he owned but to others that were contiguous.
Also in the 1920’s, well after the Hapgood development was established, the Arthur D. Crane Company bought land from the St. Francis Health Resort and created the Lake Arrowhead development with its own distinctive type of architecture and design upon the land.
Immediately after World War II, a major new development occurred on a large, relatively flat tract of land between the railroad and Intervale Road.  There the Fox Development Company erected some 67 smaller homes that filled an important demand for housing for returning veterans and their young families.
Two other events of major importance to the Borough were its acquisition in 1938 (toward the end of the Depression) of titles to most of the prime undeveloped building lots remaining in the Borough and, in 1952, the purchase of 250 acres of woodland around Crystal and Birchwood Lakes and up to the Tourne.  Both of these acquisitions gave Mountain Lakes the opportunity to control its own destiny, to avert the intrusive over-development that destroyed so many other planned communities, and to maintain its unique character.
Today, the grand gardens have been simplified, houses have been renovated and the servants are gone.  Still, the essential character of the Lakers in their environment remains.  The rustic suburb of Mountain Lakes has maintained its unique character, environment and sense of place created in the two decades following its founding, fulfilling Hapgood’s vision of an ideal community.  This town’s ability to regulate its growth and thereby control its destiny, cited as unique by Mel Scott in American City Planning Since 1890, is carried on today with renewed dedication to its original ideals.

How to Have a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

iStock_000041911150MediumThanksgiving is arguably the biggest meal of the year.

It is a time when friends and family come together to share food and enjoy one another.  But there is usually a lot of stress that goes into preparing for the Thanksgiving meal.  The key to a stress-free holiday is advance planning.  Here are a few tips that will keep your stress levels in check:

— Make a holiday meal plan.  Write out the dishes you have in mind and the names of the guests you are expecting.  Be sure and allow for an uninvited guest or two.  Remember, part of what people look forward to on Thanksgiving is leftovers for days to come.

— Start shopping early.  Grocery stores usually begin running holiday sales on turkeys, hams, and dessert items in late October and early November so there is no reason not to take advantage of those pre-holiday specials.  Remember, most people wait until a few days before the holiday to shop.

— Cook ahead.  Many dishes can be made, at least in part, ahead of time.  Casseroles can assembled and frozen.  Pie crusts and bread dough can be prepared weeks before the big day and frozen.  You can even mix all but the wet ingredients in cake and muffin mixes before holiday festivities begin.  Doing what you can far in advance of Thanksgiving will be a real stress-reliever – not to mention a time-saver.

— Plan a buffet-style meal.  Serving a meal buffet-style eliminates the need for one person to be responsible for serving a large group.  It also eliminates the need to set a table to perfection.  Just stack up some plates and lay out some silverware and let everybody get their own plate.

— Make it potluck.  Gone are the days when just a few good cooks carry the burden of all the holiday cooking.  There’s nothing wrong with requesting that everybody pitch in.  Call your guests ahead of time and ask them to bring appetizers, cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole, pumpkin pie, or paper products.

Thanksgiving is a holiday that should be spent being thankful for blessings and spending quality time with family and friends.  It shouldn’t be a time of stress and anxiety.  Follow these tips for an unforgettable and stress-free Thanksgiving meal.

Michael McDonald Coming to Mayo Performing Arts Center December 02

MichaelMcDonaldGood news for Mountain Lakes residents: Legendary music artist Michael McDonald is coming to Morris County!

With his husky, soulful baritone, Michael McDonald became one of the most distinctive and popular vocalists to emerge from the laid-back California pop/rock scene of the late ’70s. McDonald found the middle ground between blue-eyed soul and smooth soft rock, a sound that made him a star. He initially essayed his signature style with the Doobie Brothers, ushering in the group’s most popular period with hits like “What a Fool Believes” and “Taking It to the Streets.” McDonald disbanded the group in 1982 to pursue a solo career, which was initially quite successful, but by the end of the decade his popularity had faded away, since he was reluctant to work regularly and hesitant to update his sound to suit shifting popular tastes.
After singing backup on several Steely Dan albums in the mid-’70s, Michael McDonald joined the Doobie Brothers in 1977. He was largely responsible for moving the group away from boogie rock and toward polished, jazzy blue-eyed soul. Prior to the Doobies’ farewell tour in 1982, he sang harmony on several hit singles, including tracks by Donna Summer, Toto, Kenny Loggins, and Christopher Cross. As it turned out, McDonald’s solo work was a cross between the Doobie Brothers’ white-bread soul and Cross’ adult contemporary ballads.
McDonald released his solo debut, If That’s What It Takes, in 1982. The record climbed to number six on the strength of the number four single “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near),” which also crossed over into the R&B Top Ten. In 1983, he had another Top 20 pop hit (and a Top Ten R&B hit) with his duet with James Ingram, “Yah Mo B There.” McDonald didn’t deliver his second solo album, No Lookin’ Back, until 1985. The record wasn’t as successful as its predecessor, producing only one moderate hit in its title track. He bounced back the following year, when his duet with Patti LaBelle, “On My Own,” shot to number one and “Sweet Freedom,” his theme for the Billy Crystal/Gregory Hines comedy Running Scared, climbed into the Top Ten.

For tickets visit www.mayoarts.org/event/michael-mcdonald

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Moving Doesn’t Need to be Stressful

Moving should be an exciting time; it is the beginning of a brand new chapter in one’s life. A huge stress for many is thought of having to pack up their entire home. Just a couple of tips can help you save time and energy. For example, packing boxes by room can help you avoid confusion upon moving into your new home.

Moving doesn’t have to be stressful. Check out these great tips to help you pack.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in your new home at the Legacy of Mountain Lakes!

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Tennis Anyone?

Park Lakes Tennis Club! Springtime means tennis time. Located on Rainbow Trail in Mountain Lakes, the club has 5 clay tennis courts and 3 lighted paddle tennis courts.  The facilities include plenty of parking, bathrooms, showers, viewing platform, modest clubhouse, and membership directory.  The club has socials, lessons, a tennis pro, and inter-club competitions.  A popular feature is “scrambles” during designated hours where you can come by yourself, meet fellow members, and play as much as you want even if you don’t know anyone.  E-mail contact: jackahrs@aol.com
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Neil Sedaka Coming to Morristown. Mountain Lakes’ Residents Ready For A Special Treat

neil-sedakaNeil Sedaka is coming to Morrstown. He will be performing at the Community Theatre At Mayo Center For The Performing Arts at 100 South St (miller Rd & Pine Street), Morristown, New Jersey. Next performance is on May 15, 2014. Capacity at the venue is 1200. Doors typically open two hours before showtime – subject to change so please clarify before heading to the venue.
Neil Sedaka is one of the better known artists in today’s Pop/Rock scene, captivating audiences worldwide with his take on the genre.
While modern-day pop music has its roots in rock and roll, it also draws on a multitude of other genres including latin, rock and country music. It began to become its own separate genre in the 1950s when the term ‘popular music’ became pop and was used to describe this new eclectic sound that the masses were favouring at the time. Pop is often regarded by fans of other more original music styles as commercially focused and created to please the masses rather than as an expression of the artist. Big names in pop over the years have included the likes of Michael Jackson, Britney Spears and Madonna.
Rock music developed from rock and roll in the 1950s and today is regarded as a subgenre of pop due to its commercial success with the masses. Typified by the presence of electric and bass guitars and drums, rock music is also influenced by many other genres such as country, folk and blues. From the 1970s on, it became the favoured choice of the politically active and many subgenres developed including punk rock, grunge rock and in more recent years indie rock. Well-known artists of these styles include The Clash, Nirvana and Arcade Fire. For tickets: http://bit.ly/OcG8rm