New School Of Medicine Opening In Nutley

Photo Credit - Frances Micklow / The Star-Ledger
Photo Credit – Frances Micklow / The Star-Ledger

It’s 2017 and New Jersey has some ‘bigly’ news! In fact, its actually ‘yuuuuuuuuge’ news for those living in Nutley or Clifton. Seton Hall University and Hackensack Meridian Health will be opening the New School of Medicine.

This is officially the first private medical school operated in New Jersey for the last 50 years. It is the fifth medical school in the state and will be the only private, non-profit medical school.

No, this is not fake news! This is the real deal and we have the facts to prove it. 

Seton Hall University and Hackensack Meridian Health signed a 25-year-lease agreement for the former 16-acre campus of the Hoffmann-La Roche biomedical facility with PB Nutclifl LLC. This is an affiliate of Bloomfield-based Prism Capital Partners LLC, who acquired the property on July 13, 2016. The majority of the property is located in the Township of Nutley.

There are no losers here as negotiations include two new state of the art buildings. The first being the New School of Medicine by Hackensack Meridian Health and Seton Hall. An the second is the College of Nursing and School of Health and Medical Sciences, which is relocating to this area from the original South Orange campus. Many are looking forward to the National Health Institute-Designed Clinical Research Center, which will help serve as a research and discovery center.

So what does this all mean? Well, lets take a look at some reactions to this new development project.

Seton Hall – Excited to provide more than 1500 students with the opportunity to gain new knowledge in state of the art facilities and improve healthcare for years to come.

According to the Founding Dean of the new School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, Bonita Staton. “We’re going to make a big impact on the healthcare of the United States. ”We’re gonna start with the impact on the healthcare of the people that are in New Jersey, that are in the area were serving.” She also states, “We will be educators. We will be researchers. And we will be giving top quality care.”

Students from the medicine, nursing, occupational and physical therapy fields will benefit tremendously in the newly designed state of the art schools. Seton Hall is proud to provide students with the new facilities to improve patient care as it is one of the most important priorities. Students will be able to be engaged in a hands-on approach through operating tables and simulation labs as World-class surgeons are expected to be onsite.

Seton Hall is excited to attract the brightest minds to the field of medicine in New Jersey. This will add to a shortage in physicians that New Jersey and the US currently face. These new facilities are ready for the next generation to improve and pursue their career in the medical field.

Nutley’s Mayor – Thrilled for improving the community and enthusiastic about the future.

Nutley’s Mayor and Commissioner of Public Works, Joseph Scarpelli, issued the statement, “The Board of Commissioners and our residents are enthusiastic about the future of the site and anticipate the new medical school will be a catalyst for continued positive changes in our community. We expect as Prism begins the improvements and repurposing of the property, there will be a boost to our local economy and provide an opportunity for quality employment prospects for our residents. It is indeed an incredible honor to be mayor at this exciting time in Nutley’s history,”

Hopefully, with the addition of the Medical Facility, the other buildings can be rented by corporate tenants, thereby, returning much- needed ratables to the Township.

Residents – Mixed reactions

The majority of residents are excited for the New School of Medicine, as they agree it is a great fit. They are thrilled the currently vacant former pharmaceutical facilities are being turned into a medical school instead of shopping malls. They are no longer nervous about a large increase to their property taxes had the campus remained empty for too many years. Others may have a bit of a hard time welcoming the higher density and new traffic.

Real Estate – Celebrations all around

‘New Urbanist’ is the term for the future property, which will be a mixed site of living, working and playing. The real estate development firm Prism Capital Partners is confident that they will be able to attract corporate and research users to the new location, while uncompromising quality. 

In addition, Prism is marketing three additional, existing office buildings. These buildings totaling more than 700,000 square feet, and are build-to-suit lease and development sites. Prism has attracted noteworthy companies and is continuing to negotiating agreements with users for additional leases on site

Local Realtors® are optimistic that the ‘overflowing’ demand of housing needs will boost the local real estate market.

The Nutley and Seton Hall communities are running on adrenaline, as this news is a great sign of things to come! Some might even say New Jerseyans are… #Winning!

Currently, plans are still being drafted, and more details will be provided in the future; so check back for updates.

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8 Awesome Tips For Selling Your Home!

5-things-no-one-tells-you-about-selling-your-home3 Tips To For Selling Your Home Fast

Ladies and gentlemen its showtime! If you’re reading this, it’s safe to say you or someone you know wants to sell their home. Congratulations!

Now stop watching HGTV – yes I know Chip and Joanna Gaines are the greatest tv couple since Lucy and Ricky, but you’ve got work to do.

Here are 8 awesome tips (in addition to the 5 listed above) to make the selling process run smoothly.

1. First Impressions – By the time you finish reading this first tip, a potential buyer will have already made up their mind whether they want to purchase your house or not.

Anywhere from 0.1 of a second to 7 seconds is the average time it takes to create a first impression. Make sure your home is a good one!

2. Neutral Color Palette – Spain, Sweden and Switzerland are all neutral countries. Your home should be one too!

Make sure you swap out bold and bright colors for a neutral palette. This will help buyers envision themselves living in the space. Think hues of grays, tans, creams and whites.

3. Embrace The Season – Pumpkin spice and everything nice! Fall is the perfect time to sell your home, especially if you can’t wait to leave (get it?).

With multiple holidays in the fall you can take advantage by decorating your home to give it that cozy feel. Place some pumpkins on the steps, add some festive plants and hang a wreath.

4. Pick an Agent – You should interview at a minimum 3 agents (yes 3). Look on for homes that have recently sold in your neighborhood and see what agent listed them. Click on Find an Agent and see who shows up on the list when you search for your town, not the 3 listed on the very top of the page horizontally. They paid to be there!  Look at the vertical list below for agents to interview.

Listen carefully to what the agents have to say on exactly how they are going to MARKET your home. Price is not the only aspect of a listing and if the emphasis to their presentation is price alone, then they’ve lost the point. Marketing is key in real estate right now, and the price should not be used to get you the buyer activity you need. Their marketing should drive the buyers to you.

Team Ellenbogen, located in Essex, Passaic, and Union counties in NJ, has a Technology Driven Visual Marketing Campaign they use to attract buyer activity to your listing. They believe in Re-Thinking Real Estate by presenting listings in a way to attract the buyer and then pricing it in that ‘sweet spot’ to get the buyers in the door.  Check them out if you are in their area.

5. The Price Is Right – “Comeeeeee on downnnnnnnn you’re the next contestant on The Price Is Right!”

This is the hardest part. Listen to what your agent recommends. Remember, they know the market and have access to statistics directly from the MLS that you are not privy to when you look at your home value on Zillow or Trulia.  Remember: Zillow and Trulia data is only as good as what is given to them by agreement with brokers and agents. If a brokerage doesn’t participate in the syndication, their data is not there, but it is on the MLSs, which only agents can access.

It is important to price accordingly. Selling your home is extremely emotional, but you have to detach yourself (as best as you can) and focus on what’s next. So do your research, consult an agent, be realistic, and get ready for the new chapter in your life.

6. Understand your buyer – College students looking for a crash pad? A family of four looking for outdoor space? A single bachelor who wants to throw parties? Young professionals who are going to become roommates?

Remember with the help of the internet all buyers are extremely knowledgeable. By understanding your buyer, you’ll be prepared for specific features they are looking for.

7. Hire A Home Inspector – In the words of Nike “Just Do It”.

Unless you’re a billionaire (hey Zuckerberg) buying a home is the biggest purchase a home owner will make. You should do everything in your power to make sure your home is close to perfect. You’d be surprised at what they may or may not find. This will make a huge difference when pricing your home and during negotiations. 

8. Stage Your Home – If you want the most value for your dollar, stage your home!

Professional stagers will help turn your cluttered space into a photo ready home. It really does make a difference. Remember buyers are able to view your home before they even step foot in it. Staging your home will present a certain lifestyle that buyers are looking for.

As part of our listing service, Team Ellenbogen of Essex, Passaic and Union Counties in New Jersey, pays for a professional stager to come into your home and provide you with ideas. (that’s right! Our clients don’t foot the bill, we do!!) Our stager will help you with color choices and furniture placement, not as an interior decorator but a professional stager who knows what a buyer is looking for and wants. Her team will also bring in extra pieces to make your home stand out from the rest.

On the day of the professional photography shoot, her team will come in to oversee and prepare your home so that all the best features are highlighted.

Happy Selling!

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For Team Ellenbogen

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Family Fall & Fitness Event

Family Fall & Fitness Event

During this time of year words that begin with the letter F have a certain charisma about them; as they simply find their way falling into the forefront. In addition, these words are not always bad!

Starting off, the first charismatic F word stands for Fundraising. This past Saturday, October 29, 2016, The Gallery at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties hosted a Family Fall & Fun Event. This fundraiser benefits The Sunshine Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to children with cancer. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey proudly adopted this network-wide charity in 1991 and raised $132,000 in 2014, with a $150,000 goal for 2016.

The second F word stands for Friends. Move over parents, this fundraiser was all about kids helping kids! Donning bright yellow customized tee shirts with The Sunshine Kids logo, friends from local schools volunteered to work different stations. Youthful energy filled the room as younger kids were about to station hop. The stations included coloring, beanbag toss, tattoos, face paint, and candy corn guessing.


Speaking of candy corn, this leads me to the third and fourth F words, Food and Film. Is there anything better than a room filled with the buttery aroma of freshly popped popcorn? Of course there is. It’s called having a black and white Film playing on the TV in the background. The Monsters and Madmen DVD really brought out the Halloween spirit, as everyone loves a classic movie.


The only thing that may have topped this would have been a flash mob dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Maybe next year!


Holly Owner of AthleticGenius The fifth and sixth F words stand for Family and Fitness. AthleticGenius graciously hosted two spin classes for adults and children. After all the sweets and treats consumed, this was a great way to burn off those extra calories. Cell phones and video games were exchanged for turning torques, spinning legs, and racing hearts. Holly, the vibrant owner and founder of AthleticGenius, led the class with the appropriately themed Halloween songs, starting with Harry Potter’s Double Trouble.

The final F words stand for Foundation and Future. Montclair continues to excel as a thriving neighborhood because the residents have always cared about the future. If you happen to read the people section of, you’ll notice residents raised in Montclair always find themselves coming back. That’s how special this town really is. It’s a fantastic community to raise a family, gain a sense of culture, and take pride in creative endeavors. Now, I’m not a fortuneteller but it’s safe to say Montclair’s Future is in good hands.


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“Passing Magic: A Journey Through Color and Shapes”

Presenting Jessica Sporns “Passing Magic: A Journey Through Color and Shapes”

“Oh, oh, oh, it’s magic, you know,” especially if you attended Jessica Sporn’s “Passing Magic: A Journey Through Color and Shapes show.” at The Gallery at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties on Thursday, October 6, 2016.

From the moment you walked into The Gallery and signed the guest book, you were delightfully greeted with vibrant customized business cards sporting the designs in Jessica’s latest collection.  As you strolled through to take a closer look, you couldn’t help but be immersed in the bold color theme.  All created within this past year, Jessica’s pieces are infused with warm and cool hues.

“I would say it’s a mixture of yoga and color, and just trying to go inward and find inspiration but also embrace the outward too,” Jessica explained.  As the colors unapologetically blended into each other creating a beautiful contrast, the shapes did not.  Reminiscent of yoga, the lines bend and form together to create a shape, while still maintaining enough space to know their boundaries.

Jessica Sporn
Jessica Sporn

Pictured next to her favorite piece, Jessica recites a quote from Picasso – that says, “‘Genius has to find you working,’ so I think that’s really important to like – I just get up every day.  This is what I do. And I paint and I doodle and I draw.”

A former attorney in a Wall Street law firm, Jessica decided to pursue her passion for art while on maternity leave and hasn’t looked back since.  With a gleeful expression she says, “…it [her art] was very two-dimensional, sort of flat, farm figures and things – children’s art oriented.  And as time went on, I just stared experimenting in more media and basically took classes and studied YouTube videos and so I like to think it’s gotten a little more sophisticated and abstract; in playing with the abstract too.”

Jessica’s designs are so moving that it caught the eye of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s family members.  “The day after the shootings in Orlando and after that beautiful Tony Award speech, I had done a water color that was a heart with like mosaics all around it, in all different colors.  And I had posted a quote from his speech in the middle of the heart,” Jessica recounted.  Lin-Manuel’s sister and brother in-law recognized this creative painting.  After some slight tweaking and a brief collaboration with graphic designers, she was able to get her #loveislove t-shirt out.  To date, it has helped raise over $50,000 for the Broadway Cares Equity/Fights Aids Orlando organization.

Passing Magic: A Journey Through Color and Shapes
Passing Magic: A Journey Through Color and Shapes

Having a lucrative career as an artist is never an easy feat.  The art scene in Montclair is unique.  It has the charm of a vibrant Southern city mixed in with the abundance of a Northern city’s resources, ideal for any artist to flourish.  Jessica’s artistic sensibilities were able to thrive in this atmosphere, especially since she is a lifelong resident.  “My biggest advice [for aspiring artists] is to just be open and say yes.  So when an opportunity presents itself, just go for it.”

Montclair residents have many opportunities to explore varied art venues.  It has its own art museum, the Montclair Art Museum, affectionately known as MAM, along with several small galleries.  Montclair also hosts two movie theaters, one that highlights independent films and documentaries.  The first annual Film Festival was hosted in 2012, which provides a platform for filmmakers from not only New Jersey, but from throughout the US and the world.  Such notable actors as Sally Field and Richard Gere were past participants.  There is live theatre as well, including the Montclair Operetta Company, the Wellmont Theatre, which offers many musical shows, Montclair State University’s Kasser Theater, Life Hall and the Studio Playhouse.  The township also hosts an Annual Jazz Festival. As you can see, if you enjoy the arts, then Montclair is a perfect place for you to live!

Lynne Oliver- Realtor & Curator, Jane Konzelmann-Office Manager
Lynne Oliver-Realtor & Curator, Jane Konzelmann-Office Manager

Jessica Sporn’s “Passing Magic: A Journey Through Color and Shapes” exhibition is on display from October 1st – November 30th at The Gallery at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties. The Show will also be featured in The Montclair Art Walk on Oct 21st, so stop by our Gallery On The Art Walk!

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Dwight Carter, Famous Photographer, Speaks at Art Exhibit

Dwight Carter at BHHSNJ Gallery

On Thursday, September 15, Art Talk: 50 Years of Photography by Dwight Carter, a photographic art exhibit and Q&A session, took place at the real estate brokerage office of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services in Montclair, NJ.  A well-known portrait photographer, Dwight has taken photos of such famous people as Phylicia Rashad, Oprah Winfrey, Tea Leoni, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Whoopi Goldberg and, to much of his delight, Maya Angelou.

Maya Angelou at BHHS NJ Properties Art Gallery


“I was nervous. She had always been someone that I admired. When I asked her [during the photo shoot], ‘Is there anything I can do to make you more comfortable, Maya?'”, Dwight recalled with an amused smile on his face, “she said, ‘You can start by calling me Dr. Angelou.'”

Although intrigued and somewhat awed by Angelou’s personality, he did not treat her differently than he treated other celebrities or those who were not famous.  “I treat all my clients the same.”  He felt that each photo shoot was as important as the other, no matter who he was shooting. That fact is what makes him a great photographer: his ability to see something special in every person and moment that he captures with his camera.Andy's Beauty I, 1964 by Dwight Carter at BHHS NJ Properties Art Gallery

Surrounded by some of his most noteworthy portraits such as Giza Firebird and Andy’s Beauty I, 1964 which were hanging in the Art Gallery of the real estate office, Dwight sat down to discuss his experiences and thoughts regarding his career joined by his longtime friend, Sheryl Tucker, a magazine executive and editor of famous publications such as Time and Essence. A number of eager fans and supporters of this highly successful artist came out to listen and join in on the conversation that took place between these two friends.

Giza Firebird at BHHS NJ Properties Art Gallery

The audience quickly recognized the humorous and lighthearted side of Carter as they listened to his response to the question, “How did you get into photography?” Carter jokingly replied that the girls in his high school found him attractive due to the camera that hung around his neck. Besides that one comment and his statement that he sometimes forgets his own wife’s name because of how difficult it can be for him to remember names, Carter did not seem to make any more attempts to joke. Carter has always taken pride in, and been serious about, his work as a photographer. He said to Tucker as he was reminiscing on past photo shoots, “I’m not there to be the client’s friend; I’m there to work.”

Andy's Beauty I, 1964 by Dwight Carter at BHHS NJ Properties Art GalleryCarter firmly expressed that although he is not interested in gaining a friendship with his clients, he does whatever it takes to get the shots that he wants, and those shots are more often than not photos of happy and smiling people. He tries his best to make the clients feel comfortable in their own skin so that they eventually become willing enough to work with, and not against, him during the shoot, thereby yielding a good shot. After expressing concern that they are being photographed, he has said to many of his clients, “I’m on your side.”

Sheryl Tucker, friend of Dwight Carter, speaks at BHHS NJ Properties Art GallerySheryl Tucker explained that her job usually centered on helping writers and shaping magazines. She expressed how happy and lucky she feels to have the career that she has now, a career that allows her to help create and revise stories that change people’s lives. She gushed about how the most rewarding part of her job is seeing the impact her work has on people.  Both Dwight Carter and Sheryl Tucker have the special ability to affect others with their artistic and creative abilities.

The Outstanding Photo Gallery of Dwight Carter

Dwight Carter's Portaits at BHHS NJ Properties Art Gallery Montclair

The exhibition along with the discussion of Dwight’s artwork certainly had the audience glued to their seats. The admiration and fascination of the attendees towards Dwight’s photographs and personality was palatable. The audience members were undoubtedly grateful for the opportunity to attend such an exceptional presentation. This unique occasion provided by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties is just another example of how this real estate office has become an integral part of the community and the flourishing Montclair art scene.  Living in such a vibrant Township, Montclair residents have many varied activities to choose from to broaden their lives and interests.

Sheryl Tucker at BHHS NJ Properties Art Gallery






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Smile! You’re on Silkscreen

Catherine LeCleire Exhibition at The Art Gallery at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
New Jersey Properties Montclair

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but it can actually be worth so much more. Photos of days at the beach with family, or a car ride along the turnpike with friends, can trigger memories of not just sight, but sound, touch and taste – all tiny facets that tell the story of your life. This is exactly what local artist in residence Catherine LeCleire wanted to capture in her current exhibition now on display at the Gallery at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties Montclair, which will be running until February 6th.

NJ Turnpike Signs on Silkscreen Team Ellenbogen at BHHS NJ Properties Art Gallery
“It’s kind of like a passage of time,” said LeCleire of her exhibit, which includes 11 silkscreen pieces featuring original photographs. “If you look, every one of the [pieces] is from New Jersey.  Some are originally photographs that my father took, and I manipulated them [in Photoshop].”
“I wanted to do images of New Jersey, historic and contemporary,” she said.
According to LeCleire, the exhibit features snapshots in motion, sound and memory, which were manipulated, and then all interwoven through her own originally developed techniques in printmaking and silkscreen.

“Silkscreen allows for experimentation,” said LeCleire. “I allowed myself to play with special memories.”

The photographs her father took, which are titled “Sisters” and “Ocean City, ” were manipulated in Photoshop through a technique called posterization, which is when you take just the highlights of the photograph rather than the details. She then cut up the images and sewed them together.

Sisters at the Beach on Silkscreen Team Ellenbogen at BHHS NJ Properties Art GalleryOcean City on Silkscreen Team Ellenbogen at Exhibit at BHHS NJ Properties Art Gallery
“I broke three sewing machines [in the process],” said LeCleire. “I was using an embroidery thread and I needed a thinner thread.”
The final result forms a type of paper quilt, which combines to tell a story. All the pieces are silkscreen printed on Rives BFK paper, which is 100% rag cotton fiber, and using water-based ink, so everything was non-toxic.

New Jersey Silkscreen Team Ellenbogen at Exhibit at BHHS NJ Properties Art Gallery
“It will outlive us,” said LeCleire.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, LeCleire attended Philadelphia College of Art, and completed her graduate studies at the University of Southern California.

“When I first went to school I thought printmaking was graphic design, and it’s really the fine arts part of graphic design,” said LeCleire. “I’ve never regretted it ever since. I love the median.”

After graduate school and teaching in California, LeCleire’s husband was transferred to New York City for work, and the family settled in Montclair.

“Montclair is just a great town; I’ve lived here for 22 years,” said LeCleire. “The wonderful thing about Montclair is that it has always been an artists community.  There is a strong group of artists in Montclair.”

LeCleire continues to call Montclair her home, and is an adjunct professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and Montclair State University, where she teaches silkscreen and painting processes. She has exhibited internationally and nationally, and her work is part of many collections including in the Baku Museum in Azerbaijan, the Brooklyn Library, and the Print Center and Center for Contemporary Printmaking.
Catherine LeCleire Silkscreen Artist Team Ellenbogen at Exhibit at BHHS NJ Properties Art Gallery
NJ in Pictures at the Gallery
A long time resident of Montclair, LeCleire had approached the arts curator team of Lynne Oliver and Sharon Gill at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties about exhibiting in their one-of-a-kind gallery.

“I know Sharon Gill for many years; our daughters used to play together,” said LeCleire. “Sharon was always involved in the arts. She used to have pop up galleries in her home.”

LeCleire’s exhibit originally made its debut at the “A Rising Tide: 3 + 3” Exhibit at Caldwell University, where she collaborated with artist Irena Pejovic who provided an audio component to the exhibit. Pejovic was at the opening reception on January 14th, and brought some of the audio that played with part of the collection. The added component of sound gave the pieces a moving presence, as if they might come to life.
Catherine LeCleire SilkScreen Artist Exhibits at BHHS NJ Properties Art Gallery Team Ellenbogen
“[Catherine] talked to me about the photographs bringing a memory of place,” said Pejovic, who at the time was recording sounds in nature, especially a lot of work with water. “Sounds become a physical image of the place. It becomes a pixilated image. Sound is images in passing; it’s not fixed.”

The Gallery at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties continues to bridge the arts and real estate community of Montclair by inviting local artists to exhibit in its unique space throughout the year.

Realtor Alan Ellenbogen, one half of the dynamic Team Ellenbogen of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties Montclair, says the continued success of the gallery and artist exhibitions is the tail on the dog for the office; and it’s wagging.

Alan Ellenbogen, Realtor of Team Ellenbogen with Catherine LeCleire, Silkscreen Artist
Alan Ellenbogen, Realtor with Catherine LeCleire

“This is not just a real estate agency, it’s a representation of the best of the community,” said Ellenbogen. “It’s a gathering place; it’s what it should be.”

For Ellenbogen and the rest of their team, they are trying to sell their clients not just a house but the community where it is located.

“You are not just buying a home, you’re buying a community,” said Lynne Oliver, co-director/curator for the Gallery.

“When we sell homes, it is not just an object,” said Ellenbogen. “When you are buying a house it’s very personal and the community is a major consideration for buyers.”

And if you are looking for that extra personal touch in your home, LeCleire’s pieces are up for sale at the Gallery. The exhibition runs from January 10th to February 6th at the Gallery at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties, 695 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

BHHS NJ Properties Realtors, Alan Ellenbogen of Team Ellenbogen with Artist Catherine LeCleire
From left to right: Alan Ellenbogen-Realtor, Jane Konzelmann-Office Manager, Catherine LeCleire-Artist, Sharon Gill-Realtor & Curator, Cathy Miller-Realtor, Susan DeRosa-Realtor, Lynne Oliver-Realtor & Curator

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A Journey through Color and Movement RM Cimini Exhibition at the Gallery at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

“Journey – (noun) the act of traveling from one place to another.” – Merriam Webster


Many may think a journey solely implies physical travel, but there are no limits when it comes to the journey of the mind when it’s inspired. “Journey’s,” a solo exhibition by abstract artist RM Cimini, was the latest addition to the growing art enclave of the Gallery at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. The vibrant and colorful abstract series featured 29 pieces – many created over the last year and a half – carry you through Cimini’s own personal journey. It is a chance to meditate and pull you out of your day to day routine.

“I am personally on a spiritual journey,” said Cimini. “I want to give everybody a chance to expand their [horizons]. Some [of the pieces] are more traditional landscapes, but all is a synthesis of experiences. It’s my reaction to the world.”


Many of Cimini’s abstract pieces, created from oil on oil paper, were very dream like and in constant motion; drawing the eye through the story of the canvas.


“There are obvious cues through color and shape and form, which gives you something to latch on to,” said Cimini. “You create your own experience. It helps people to find a place of peace when they see the work.”


In addition to her abstract work, there were beautifully rich and detailed straight landscapes, which still maintained the same movement, especially in the skies and the water. “I took a lot of pictures of clouds; we had such fantastic skies this summer,” said Cimini, who spent the summer traveling including to Cape Anne, Rockport Maine. “I wanted to show all the light reflecting off the waters, through the trees.”
“I’m always looking for little [challenges] to open up and explore a little bit more,” she added. “One color leads to another, one shape leads to another. Vibrancy, energy, and movement is very important to me.”

A resident of Caldwell for 30 years and a membership coordinator for Studio Montclair, Cimini had a show at the gallery at Brassworks on Grove in Montclair, which is where she met Marjorie “Lynne” Oliver, co-director/curator for the Gallery at Berkshire Hathaway, and was invited to exhibit as an artist in residence.

“Part of the [job] of being the gallery director/curator is attending the other gallery openings,” said Oliver “It’s all about supporting the arts in Montclair.”

“[The gallery] is a beautiful space and a great opportunity,” said Cimini.

“I just want to see more of [Cimini] work,” said friend and co-worker Jim Robinson, who attended the exhibition opening reception on September 17, 2015.  “When she said they were having [this exhibit], I wanted to come.” Robinson’s roommate Betsy Brown, who also attended and enjoyed the exhibition at the Gallery at Berkshire Hathaway, appreciated the symbiotic relationship between art and home buying.


“I think it’s a good set up, “ said Brown. “When you’re buying a new home and looking for inspiration [on how to decorate], I think it’s a good [merger] between the two. You look at the art and how it fits into a home.”

RM Cimini’s “Journey’s” exhibition was on display from September 11th through October31st.

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BHHSNJ Art Show: Montclair Kimberly Academy Faculty

Art was all abuzz at the office of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services in downtown Montclair as it once again played host to a new art gallery exhibition.

Co-directed by Sharon Gill and Marjorie “Lynne” Oliver, the exhibit showcased work from art teachers from Montclair Kimberly Academy. Multiple teachers at MKA displayed their art, and I had a chance to talk with Anthony Cuneo who, for 15 plus years, was the head of the art department at MKA. Now, his art is featured at the BHHS office/gallery. Artists and Patrons

Cuneo’s art displayed was inspired by antique, patch-worked quilts. Different eclectic colors came cohesively together on his canvas, creating a patchwork of paint. Cuneo cited this art was just, “revisioning antique quilts.” The quilts patterns and colors are extremely important to his art. The quilts, made by women in a time of limited social freedom, represented an “expression for women of pattern and geometry.” His exhibition and the quilts, he admits while saying he sounds too artsy, was about “finding order in chaos.” Quilts

I spoke with another MKA teacher and artist, Joelle Francht, whose piece, Dominos, was captivating. The piece was about 100 Dominos all hanging on the wall without any clear order and all made by Francht herself. The backstory of the piece came from a cold, isolated vacation which the Dominos came to symbolize. In essence, the Dominos represented loneliness and repetition and monotony; though each Domino is different, nothing changes. 1111dominos

The other featured artists from Montclair Kimberly Academy were Barbara DuRant and Nick Rande Schutsky.



The venue itself, BHHS New Jersey Properties office on 695 Bloomfield Avenue, is a recently renovated, state-of-the-art contemporary real estate office in downtown Montclair. This makes the office an ideal location for Montclair’s vibrant art scene; the Montclair Art Museum is a 2 minute walk up Bloomfield too.

Around 70 artists, friends, and guests from all over came out to opening of the exhibit. Each exhibition is displayed for about 2 months before it is replaced, so anyone wishing to go visit the current exhibit is still able to. Gill and Oliver are both real estate brokers first before they are art-directors, however, within the past 5-6 years, they have become increasingly reputable in the Montclair art scene. When they first started at the old Prudential office, they had no idea that them reaching out to artists would eventually lead to the artists seeking them out, asking about their art shows at BHHS. From four shows a year to six, shows now also include book readings, yoga, and will look to incorporate live music as well. 1111mka

The event also was part of a charity drive for the Human Needs Food Pantry. The drive was intended to encourage patrons to donate new school supplies like books, notebooks, binders, backpacks, lunchboxes, pencils and pens. These goods will be donated to young children in need of the basic school essentials. 111111mka

This art show at BHHS is just another example of the burgeoning Montclair art scene. However, Berkshire Hathaway takes it a step further. Gill described the gallery as, “… a place where real estate, art, and community come together for charity.” The office now is one of under 15 in the nation being watched as a model for progress and being watched to see how business is done at this office and how the office is integrated with the community. It was dubbed by Gill as, “The office of the future.”

There is little doubt that a clear and present connection exists between the arts and Montclair; in fact, they seem to feed of off each other. The art is influenced by the diverse atmosphere of Montclair and Montclair in return is influenced by the art. There is a symbiotic relations between the arts and Montclair. Berkshire Hathaway Home Services office/gallery on Bloomfield is a testament to that connection.

By Andrew Konzelmann


Our New Community Website Exclusively About Montclair


Click here to visit Team Ellenbogen’s Community Website for Montclair

Team Ellenbogen has created distinct community websites that provide potential buyers interested in finding information about the area all in one place.  Many times, buyers do searches on the internet and find multiple sites explaining the distinct qualities about that community. Team Ellenbogen’s Community Websites bring all that information into one easy place! Want to know about the restaurants available, what kind of recreational programs, transportation, and schools?  Just go to Team Ellenbogen’s sites to find out.

With a plethora of unique small businesses, diverse restaurant options and an active night life, Montclair is arguably one of the trendiest towns in Essex County. Called “The Suburb in the City,” it’s perfect for those who want the excitement of a bustling town and an easy commute to New York City without losing the comfort and security of suburban living. 

Each year, Montclair is proud to host some of New Jersey’s most exciting events, including the Food and Wine Festival and the Jazz Festival.  It’s also home to the prestigious Montclair Art Museum.

Team Ellenbogen has created a Community Website for Montclair. Visit it here for information not only about listings we have in that community but to find out what the area has to offer.

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Outpost in the Burbs

Promoting Community, Music and Positivity in Essex County

In 1987, a group of young men and women started meeting in the library of the First Congregational Church of Montclair. They opened a cafe in an effort to invite more youths into their group, intending for it to be a place where they would be free to socialize, share ideas and support one another. The little coffeehouse was named the Outpost, and it wasn’t long before it developed into something greater than a regular hangout spot. In the last three decades, Outpost in the Burbs has produced more than 350 concerts and spent over 35,000 hours working with charitable organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots, and the Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair. Outpost volunteers also run the soup kitchen at the Christ Episcopal Church in East Orange.

Members of the Outpost dedicate themselves to the betterment of the entire community through music, art, education and voluntary service. The Outpost provides a great opportunity to get your kids involved in spiritually rewarding and meaningful projects, and it’s also a wonderful chance for you to take a break from everyday life and give back to the neighborhood. The Outpost accepts volunteers of all ages—the more the merrier! Everyone is encouraged to do whatever they can to benefit the community. Hikes, tours and fun day trips are also offered.

At the heart of everything is the music. The Outpost regularly hosts concerts of all sizes at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, the First Congregational Church, Van Vleck House and Gardens, and the Montclair High School Auditorium.

If you’re interested in contributing to this outstanding organization, then consider attending a Fall Orientation. You’ll get to know the current staff and other prospective volunteers. Want to contribute but don’t have the time? You can also donate to the Outpost online.

For more information about volunteer opportunities and Orientation dates, Email

Outpost in the Burbs
40 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042
 Written for Team Ellenbogen by Nicole Carin