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Thanksgiving Food Safety

It’s too easy to make a mistake when you’re preparing a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Thanks to the Food Sci people at the University of Massachusetts, here’s some info on Thanksgiving Food Safety.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Food Pantries

There are an almost unlimited way you can make a difference this winter. Here are some food pantries that would welcome your donations of time or money:

Cranford Family Care Association – 61 Myrtle Street, Cranford, 908-276-3530,

Elmora Soup Kitchen – 402 Union Street, Cranford, 909-352-0579

Linden Interfaith Network for Community Services (LINCS) – 45 E. Elm Street, Linden, 908-925-2523,

LPC Mission Project – 1506 Orchard Terrace, Linden, 908-486-3073

Grace’s Kitchen – 600 Cleveland Avenue, Plainfield, 908-756-1520, mjbuch@att.netSaint John the Apostle Pantry – 1805 Penbrook Terrace, Linden, 732-388-1216,

Homefirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services – 905 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, 908-753-4001 x 13,

Plainfield YMCA – 518 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, 908-756-6060,

Salvation Army – 615 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, 908-756-2595,

Starfish Food Pantry – Covenant United Methodist Church, 631 East Front Street, Plainfield, 908-755-8888

Rahway Food for Friends – 1221 New Brunswick Avenue, Rahway, 732-388-3988

Loaves and Fishes at Saint Teresa – 306 Morris Avenue, Summit, 908-277-3700

Sage – 290 Broad Street, Summit, 908-273-5554,

Westfield Food Pantry at Holy Trinity – 336 First Street, Westfield, 908-232-2311,


Where do you volunteer your time and talent?


Real or Artificial Tree?

Americans have mixed opinions about real and artificial Christmas trees, and everyone has an opinion.

Here’s a comparison of both kinds of trees – with the pros of each – to help you decide:

Real Christmas trees

  • smell better
  • family fun time cutting down the tree
  • helps support Christmas tree farms
  • more easily recycled than artificial trees
  • do not contain plastics that may contribute to indoor air pollution

Artificial trees

  • less expensive
  • easier to set up and take down
  • more durable
  • less messy

Which is better for the environment?

The manufacturing and shipping of artificial trees causes a much larger carbon footprint than the cutting down of a real tree, especially when one considers that 98% of the real trees used in the United States were grown on tree farms and not cut from the wild. If an artificial tree will be kept and used in place of a real tree for 12-20 years (depending on size), then the carbon footprint may become even. When it comes to indoor air quality, artificial trees may contain plastics that can contribute to indoor air pollution and may trigger respiratory symtpoms in sensitive people. Real trees that aren’t properly watered or that are kept in a heated environment for too long may dry out and become a fire hazard.

So what’s your pleasure – real or artificial?

Who do you know that needs a Realtor?

Did you know you have a Reticular Activator?

It’s the part of the brain that makes you ultra-aware of certain things and ignore other things. For example, once I bought a teal car, and, suddenly, there were teal cars everywhere I went. My initials are JZ and I notice license plates with JZ all the time. At the same time, your reticular activator might help you to ignore the dirty dishes you leave in the sink or the sound of a car alarm. It’s the reason you can sleep through your spouse’s alarm but your own alarm wakes you up.

So today, you need to turn on your Reticular Activator.

When you hear someone say “my friend is getting married” or “my aunt is having a baby,” your Reticular Activator will help you to notice that the person you’re talking to has a contact that needs a Realtor. When you go to a retirement party, remember that retirees often sell their homes and need a Realtor.

And then, I hope you’ll refer them to us!


Getting Ready for the Great American Smoke Out!

You don’t still smoke, do you?

The physical withdrawal associated with quitting smoking lasts only a few days. After that, the withdrawal quitters feel is psychological. Three months is considered to be the time when the psychological withdrawal stops.

Here are 20 ways to quit smoking today:

  1. Set a date to quit and put it in writing.
  2. Tell everyone that you’re quitting and ask for their support.
  3. If the attraction is oral, chew gum or brush your teeth instead. Try a cinnamon flavored toothpick.
  4. Partner with someone – the first to have a cigarette owes the other one $200. 
  5. Acupuncture.
  6. Learn to play the piano. Or the drums. Or write a book. Whatever it takes to keep your hands busy.
  7. Nicotine patch or gum will reduce the physical symptoms.
  8. Avoid situations where you normally smoke – carpool instead of driving your car temporarily, or don’t hang out with the people you normally smoke with.
  9. Replace smoking with another activity – running, crocheting, playing Soduko puzzles.
  10. Have a long glass of water. Not only does it keep you busy while the craving passes, staying hydrated helps minimize physical withdrawal symptoms.
  11. Drugs such as bupropion (Zyban) and varenicline (Chantix) will reduce the physical withdrawal symptoms without using nicotine replacement.
  12. Hypnosis.
  13. Acupuncture. We’ve heard that acupuncture in the ear can curb cravings.
  14. Throw away your ash trays, lighters, and cigarette holders.
  15. Try oat extract, available at health food stores. 1 milliliter four times a day can curb cravings.
  16. Put the money you’re saving every time you would buy cigarettes into a large glass jar. After a week, buy yourself something special.
  17. Cut back on caffeine. Quitting smoking, coupled with caffeine, can cause jitters.
  18. Wear a rubber band on your wrist and snap it whenever you feel a craving.
  19. Learn the symptoms of lung cancer. Look at photos of lung cancer and its victims.
  20. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for more help.


Standard of Identity

What’s in your food is regulated.

If you’ve never heard of Standard of Identity, you’re not alone.  The Federal Government has identified what can, and can not, be present in your food in order to be labeled as that food. For example, milk chocolate has to have certain ingredients, in certain percentages, in order to be labeled as milk chocolate.

And, before you ask, cheese flavored puffs don’t actually contain cheese.

Read more about it here.


Clark Townhouse Under Contract!



Are proud to announce that

35 School Street is Under Contract

Schuduled closing on 1/15/14

If you’d like to get your home sold quickly, call us at 908-917-4189!

Old Bridge Townhouse for sale!

117 Heywood Court

Old Bridge, NJ

  • This 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath townhouse has a gas fireplace in the living room, a private patio off sliders in the dining room, and a cozy kitchen. It has a 1 car garage, partially finished basement with a laundry room, and a master bedroom with a walk in closet and a master bath.
  • Offered by Hallmark Realtors and Team Zuhl for $229,900!
  • Call us at 908-917-4189 for your private showing.

The Scotch Plains Real Estate Market Report

About 23,000 people live in the beautiful Union County town of Scotch Plains. Many of those people take advantage of the 45 minute easy commute via New Jersey Transit to Manhattan.

There are currently 138 homes offered for sale in Scotch Plains – compared to the summer peak of 173 homes on the market, this is a low inventory. Twenty-six homes sold in October, about 20% less than the summer peak of 33 homes.

Homes that come on the market are selling quickly – the average Days on Market of a sold home in Scotch Plains was 58 days in October. This is about 40% faster than the average home sold in October of 2012, which took 96 days to sell.

Homes in Scotch Plains sold for an average of $495,302 in October, nearly 25% higher than in October of 2012.


Team Zuhl is here to help you every step of the way. Please call or email us when you’re ready to get your home on the market! Good luck!

For more information on selling a home:

For more information on Scotch Plains Real Estate:

Rahway Real Estate Market Report

The real estate market in Rahway has had a tough recovery, but there are some good signs that recovery is on its way.

One of the factors that real estate professionals use to  evaluate the strength of a real estate market is by the month’s supply. This number tells us how many months it would take, at the current rate of sales, for all the current homes on the market to sell. Having less than 5 months of supply is what real estate professionals call a sellers’ market – there are more buyers than sellers and homes are selling quicker than they are put on the market. Having more than 5 months of supply is what real estate professionals call a buyers’ market – there are more sellers than buyers and homes are selling slowly. In Rahway, the inventory has 8.97 months of supply – certainly a buyers’ market, but significantly weaker than in the past.

The average home that sold in Rahway in October sold for $232,552, up from $222,667 in September and up from $208,000 in October of 2012.

There are currently 191 homes offered for sale in Rahway. Seventeen were sold in October. To browse homes that are offered for sale, please click here.


Team Zuhl is here to help you every step of the way. Please call or email us when you’re ready to get your home on the market! Good luck!

For more information on selling a home:

For more information on Rahway Real Estate:

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