Saturday, October 27, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
2:00pm to 7:00pm
Tickets: $25.00 per person
Prepare for a jolly time on Sunday, December 9th! The house tour committee is finalizing a roster of homes spanning two hundred years of architectural styles from 1750' to the 1950's. Homeowners will be decking the halls and the sights, aromas, and sounds of Christmas will greet you at each door. More about the house tour will follow here on our blog, including directions and advance ticket sale locations.
Anyone wishing to help by joining in on the planning will be welcome and appreciated! Next tour committee meeting: September 17, 8:00pm, 915 Madison Avenue.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
On July 26, 2007, Union Countiy's Judge Barisonek ruled in our favor in the case brought to challenge Board of Adjustment approval of the the expansion of the Abbott Manor Nursing home. The judge gave a 1 hour and 40 minute oral decision in which he thoroughly went over the issues brought out in the transcripts of the hearings. It was obvious that he read the transcripts cover to cover. He quoted numerous statements by the expert witnesses of both sides, citing page numbers, as well as quoting from both the 2002 and 2005 Board of Adjustment’s resolutions. The Board of Adjustment's 2002 denial of the nursing home expansion will be reinstated.
Excerpts of Bill Michelson’s Summary of Judge Barisonek’s Decision
In evaluating the impact which the project would have on the historic district, I think two things influenced the Judge greatly. One is that he examined the model which showed clearly how massive it would be, as compared with surrounding properties. The other is that the other intrusions into the district (notably the 1950s-style apartments across the street), including the old Abbott Manor addition, all pre-dated the creation of the district in 1982.
The Judge believes that the Board was so overwhelmed by the federal court settlement, and Rother's threat of further litigation, that it simply lost sight of all the proper criteria for deciding the case. He blamed part of this expressly on Rother's planner,
Turning then to the FHAA test under Lapid-Laurel, he found that the statute does not give the handicapped in nursing homes a right to live at a particular location, but to be able to live somewhere in town. Since
The parallel issue in state zoning law is called "inherently beneficial use", and the case everyone cites is Sica. He went our way on the most basic legal point I have advanced: that since we now have historic preservation laws, being in a historic district becomes one of the "negative criteria" for applications like this, and a very big one at that. In other words, for the first time, a
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
The club decided unanimously that it was Arne's turn to cook. One of his specialties is a clam & lobster roast done over an open pit fire. It will take place in the back yard of the Pillars at 922 Central Avenue on Sunday, July 22nd. More details and the cost to attend will follow in the blog and at the July 16th general meeting. We will need to know if you're coming by Wednesday, July 18th. Call Arne at 908-756-5036 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
Silk Road Restaurant Outing
Sixteen district members joined the VWB Cooking Club on June 28th for an outing to Silk Road, an Afgan restaurant in Warren, -orange and saffron rice, butternut squash dumplings, veal and lamb rubbed with spices, and scallion and herb stuffed steamed dumplings were sampled from the menu. Don Sobieski has become a regular customer...his recommendation: go for lunch and avoid Saturday night lines to get in. It has been observed by some that the cooking club has morphed into an eating club....
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Sponsored By: The Historical Society of Plainfield
When: Sunday, June 3rd
Time: 2:00 PM
Starting Point: The Pillars, 922 Central Avenue
A walking tour to several homes in the Van Wyck Brooks Historic District with distinctive porches. Meet the present owners and learn about their homes and how they use their porches now. Refreshments will be served at the end of the tour at the Pillars.
Saturday, May 5, 2007
When: Sunday May 20th
Time: 2:00PM to 4:00PM
Starting Point: The Pillars, 922 Central Avenue
Tickets: $5/ Person, $10/ Family
Available day of event at Pillars at 1:00PM
Off Street Parking: DuCret School of Art, 1030 Central Ave. and Black United Fund, 403 W. 7th St.
An architectural walking tour through the Van Wyck Brooks Historic District. Participants will receive a booklet giving architectural descriptions of houses in the district dating from 1803 through the 1930s. Tour guides will highlights homes in the district that feature such architectural elements as patterned wood shingles, stone, terra cotta tile, turrets, towers, dragon-back ridge, half-timbering, medieval chimneys and Tudor arches. Participants will learn about the architectural styles popular during the period, such as Shingle, Victorian Vernacular, Queen Anne, Italianate, Jacobethan and French Revival.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
- Sunday, June 10th, 12:00 Noon to 6:00PM
- Leland Avenue Park
- Our district has reserved a booth to distribute information
- Volunteers needed to man booth