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Here’s to Your Health: Mercer County Welcomes New Hospitals

Monday, December 10, 2012

by Roberta Parker

Here’s to Your Health: Mercer County Welcomes New Hospitals – Of course, Mercer County has long been a hub for medical students and specialists on account of the exceptional standards of practice, accolades and proximity to major metro hubs. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Trauma Center in Capital Health Regional Medical Center is one of only ten hospitals in New Jersey which specializes in emergency care. For three years running, the University Medical Center of Princeton was named Top Hospital for Patient Quality and Safety by the LeapFrog Group. Recently, Mercer County added two cutting-edge medical centers to its already comprehensive medical institutions.

Unveiled in October, Capital Health Hopewell was designed to provide patients and families with remarkable medical technologies in a serene, ecologically conscious atmosphere.  Capital Health Hopewell houses specialists in pediatric trauma, neuroscience, orthopedics, oncology and gastroenterology. Plus, Capital Health Hopewell will house some of the nation’s leading medical technologies such as CyberKnife®, radiosurgery rooms and daVinci® robotic surgical equipment. Sustainable architectural features include roof-top gardens that collect and recycle rainwater, intuitive lighting and heating treatments that reduce energy usage by making the most of available sunlight.

Plainsboro is the new site of the University Medical Center of Princeton. This new hospital was designed with convenience, comfort and confidentiality in mind. One such design element keeps related medical areas near each other for ease of accessibility.  Rather than roaming from one end of the hospital to the other, cancer patients, for example, will be able to receive chemotherapy and radiation treatment through the same portal. While the current hospital has both single and multi-patient rooms, hospital officials decided to make every room a single patient room to provide more comfort and privacy for all patients. After reviewing national statistics and receiving funds from The Pebble Project, Princeton HealthCare System set about to design ergonomic, efficient patient rooms. The new rooms currently feature clever design elements such as a continuous handrail that lights up when touched.

University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro includes several new health-related services such as adult and child daycare, medical offices, and pediatric outpatient care. Thanks to proactive planning, Princeton area health professionals, patients and their families can look forward to two new state-of-the-art medical centers in Mercer County.

Princeton Junction Train Station

Monday, December 05, 2011

by Roberta Parker

Its public transit system is a major selling point for residents considering relocating to Mercer County. For locals living in the Princeton area, getting to New York, Newark, Trenton, Philly or Atlantic City begins with Princeton Junction. Located just off Route 1, Princeton Junction is the starting point for many commuters and revelers who work or play in the bigger cities. New Jersey Transit offers senior, student and family discounts. (If wrangling kids while digging out the correct change sounds like a nightmare, don’t worry, all you have to do is point to your children and pay your own fare, it’s that easy!) From Princeton Junction, Parking permits are available, making it possible to park adjacent to Princeton Junction and ride all the way into work. There are a couple of shuttles which bring passengers from Hightstown, East Windsor and Princeton University to Princeton Junction. The Dinky, also known as the “Princeton Junction and Back” (PJB), enjoys a sort of celebrity status; periodically referred to in pop culture and literature. Synonymous with Princeton University itself, the Dinky helps cut down on potential traffic accidents and pollution, as university students don’t need a car to get from place to place.

Although today riding the rail is as mundane as using a microwave or turning on the TV, there was a time when the rail lines represented the industry and vision of America. Working in cooperation with the Delaware and Raritan Canal Company, Camden and Amboy Railroad broke ground in 1830. The technology was so new, in fact, that prototypical trains were actually imported from England. The River Line, which connects Trenton to Camden along the great Delaware River, is one of the last operating sections of the historic Camden and Amboy railroad. Over a hundred years later, the rails in New Jersey still offer reliable transport from Pennsylvania to New York and in between. Not only does the New Jersey Transit operate an extensive rail and bus system, it offers flexible commuting options to its regular passengers. By purchasing a NJ rail pass, you gain access to both the rail and bus circuits. Although much of Mercer County remains as serene and pastoral as ever, getting to the big city is as easy as boarding a train.

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Princeton Junction: The ride starts here

Friday, December 02, 2011

by Roberta Parker

Princeton Junction – Its public transit system is a major selling point for residents considering relocating to Mercer County. For locals living in the Princeton area, getting to New York, Newark, Trenton, Philly or Atlantic City begins with Princeton Junction.

Located just off Route 1, Princeton Junction is the starting point for many commuters and revelers who work or play in the bigger cities. New Jersey Transit offers senior, student and family discounts. (If wrangling kids while digging out the correct change sounds like a nightmare, don’t worry, all you have to do is point to your children and pay your own fare, it’s that easy!)

From Princeton Junction, Parking permits are available, making it possible to park adjacent to Princeton Junction and ride all the way into work. There are a couple of shuttles which bring passengers from Hightstown, East Windsor and Princeton University to Princeton Junction. The Dinky, also known as the “Princeton Junction and Back” (PJB), enjoys a sort of celebrity status; periodically referred to in pop culture and literature. Synonymous with Princeton University itself, the Dinky helps cut down on potential traffic accidents and pollution, as university students don’t need a car to get from place to place.

Although today riding the rail is as mundane as using a microwave or turning on the TV, there was a time when the rail lines represented the industry and vision of America. Working in cooperation with the Delaware and Raritan Canal Company, Camden and Amboy Railroad broke ground in 1830. The technology was so new, in fact, that prototypical trains were actually imported from England. The River Line, which connects Trenton to Camden along the great Delaware River, is one of the last operating sections of the historic Camden and Amboy railroad. Over a hundred years later, the rails in New Jersey still offer reliable transport from Pennsylvania to New York and in between.

Not only does the New Jersey Transit operate an extensive rail and bus system, it offers flexible commuting options to its regular passengers. By purchasing a NJ rail pass, you gain access to both the rail and bus circuits. Although much of Mercer County remains as serene and pastoral as ever, getting to the big city is as easy as boarding a train.

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Buying in the Princeton Area, NJ

Monday, October 10, 2011

by Roberta Parker

The Joy of Exclusive Representation when Buying a Home in the Princeton Area, NJ

Choosing the right real estate agent is pivotal whether you are buying or selling a Princeton area, NJ home. This is especially true if you’re new to town and seeking the right neighborhood and house to call home all within your budget and lifestyle needs. As a seller, you need someone who is loyal and focused on your personal goals.

What should you expect?

In the Princeton area, NJ real estate market, as in any other, you should expect your Realtor to provide you with the correct resources to help you make an informed decision. Resources can include more than simply the listings themselves; it includes in-depth knowledge of neighborhoods, schools and real estate information. You should expect your agent to help you understand the process every step of the way.

How to select the proper Realtor:

  • Find someone who has built their success based on integrity, honesty, professionalism and knowledge. This should be some who believes in aggressively marketing listings.
  • Seek a Realtor who receives a high number of referrals.
  • Ensure your real estate agent has a history of successful transactions and a commitment to excellence.
  • Find someone who will listen to you and emphasis personal service.
  • Partner with someone who fits your specific needs.

A little bit about Roberta Parker:

Roberta began her real estate career in 1992. When she lists and sells Princeton area Real Estate, she strives to make her client’s experience an exceptional one. As a real estate professional, she provides customers with the tools needed to complete their home sale or purchase with ease. If you are considering buying or selling a home or would just like to have additional information about Real Estate in the Princeton area, simply call or e-mail her.

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Princeton NJ Private Schools

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

by Roberta Parker

Private schools have a long, rich history in America educating some of our nation’s earliest leaders. It is obvious we have continued to focus our energies along these lines as, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the top goal of private schools is achieving academic excellence. Aside from academics, families report to value private schools for their safe environment and community values.

Achievement

Private school students in general earn higher scores on standardized tests and are more likely to attend college. They are more likely to graduate high school, 99 percent compared to 66 percent of public school attendees. Secondary students are approximately 50 percent more likely to take an Advanced Placement or equivalent course. Even those from lower socio-economic backgrounds are three times more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree than those who attend public schools.

Princeton, NJ Schools

Choosing a school to meet your family’s educational needs and expectations is one of the most important decisions parents make for their children. Not surprisingly, Princeton, NJ has a plethora of high quality private schools spanning nursery school through high school.

The Princeton Day School

(PDS) serves exceptional pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade students. Diverse in concentration, in addition to the rigorous curriculum,  PDS has a total of 50 teams spanning 20 sports and the upper school offers 54 extra-curricular activities. Well rounded, the school concentrates on character and academic development. They provide a rich art program and require at least 50 hours of community service before graduation.

The Hun School

Founded in 1914 by Dr. John Gale Hun, professor of mathematics at Princeton University, to prepare students for college. Serving grades six through twelve. Classes are small with average size of 12 to 14. With science labs and state-of-the-art athletic facilities, the Hun School assists students in developing their diverse talents and interests while providing exceptional educational instruction.

Stuart

Founded in 1963, Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart was founded by a group of Princeton women as an all-girls educational facility. Although the preschool is co-educational, only girls may enroll in the kindergarten through twelfth grade classes. Stewart staff is committed to encouraging empowerment through lifelong learning and commitment to service. Girls are educated in the areas of technology, arts, athletics, mathematics, science, literature, writing, etc.

Other Princeton area private schools include American Boy Choir, Chapin School, International Baccalaureate, The Lawrenceville School, The Lewis School, Newgrange School, Notre Dame High School, Peddie School, The Pennington School, Princeton Academy, Princeton Charter School, Princeton Friends School, Princeton Junior School, Princeton Girl Choir, Princeton Montessori School, Rock Brook School, St. Paul’s School and The Waldorf School of Princeton.

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Should I Buy a Home Now?

Monday, May 09, 2011

by Roberta Parker

I'm often asked if this is a good time to buy a home. Some clients are concerned that home prices may fall further than they have already. They are assuming that the best course of action is to wait for the bottom in the market and then buy. The problem with this approach is that you don't know where the bottom is until you see it in the rear view mirror, meaning until you've missed it!

Home prices are one factor in determining your cost of ownership, but so are interest rates and financing availability. Even though interest rates have gone up in the last six months, they are still near historic lows. Since your monthly mortgage payment is a combination of paying down your principal and paying the interest owed, if home prices come down a little further but interest rates up, it could cost you even more to service a mortgage on an identical home!

While a home is a major investment, it is also the center of your personal life. It's important to live in a home that reflects your taste and values, yet is within your financial "comfort zone." To that end, it may be more important to lock in today's relatively low interest rates and low home prices, rather than to hope for a further break in prices in the future.

Please give me a call if I can be of any assistance in determining how much home you can afford in today's market.

 

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Roberta Parker
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS®
253 Nassau St
Princeton NJ 08540
Cell (609) 915-0206
Office (609) 924-1600
Fax: (609) 924-4291


Roberta Parker - Sales Associate
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS®
Cell (609) 915-0206 
Office Phone: (609) 924-1600
Email: robertaprinceton@gmail.com
253 Nassau St, Princeton NJ 08540
Email: robertaprinceton@gmail.com
 

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