This article originally appeared on the Van Dyk Group Real Estate website.   For the best all-volunteer- Halloween Celebration on the planet, visit the Joseph A. Citta Scout Reservation on Brookville Road in Waretown, New Jersey on October 12 and October 13, 2012.  Hundreds of volunteers have been working since January to bring young and old some good clean Halloween fun. Just a few of the free events include getting your photo taken with a couple of the characters at the Zombie Wall  or  take a stroll down Pumpkin Street Safe Trick-or-Treat to see what kind of goodies you might be able to collect.  You can paint a face on a pumpkin, too. For the really brave among us, you can buy a $10.00 ticket for unlimited, all-day access to the three really scary venues.  Take a ride on the Haunted Hayride that will drop you off at the guard tower near the Zombie Contingency Agency’s Control Room monitoring the latest Zombie Outbreak.  We dare you to enter.  To wrap things up at 10:00 pm, take a stroll through the woods at the Midnight Ghost Tour.  An all-day ticket for all three of these events can be purchased by visiting www.operationhalloween.zombieoutbreak.org. There will be music on Friday Night from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  Food can be purchased courtesy of the Jersey Shore Council of Boy Scouts.  There will be dozens of non-profit groups participating from local school districts, the five Rotary Clubs serving Southern Ocean County, Interfaith Health and Support Services, Harbor House, Marine Mammal Stranding Center, Family Promise, Hometown Heroes, Healing in Hurting Places, Zonta, One by One Animal Rescue, just to name a few. On Friday, the festivities begin at 3:00 pm with an 11:00 am start on Saturday 13 October, 2012. To see if you are physically able to endure the toughest events copy and paste the following:  
There are still a few towns on LBI where you can still buy seasonal beach badges at a discounted rate.  Long Beach Twp for example, seasonal badges are $30 up until June 15th, after that they go up to $40. In Beach Haven, you can get discounted badges up until June 22, with their prices matching those of Long Beach Twp. There is also still time on the North end of the Island, as Harvey Cedars also has discounted rates of $30 before June 15th. Ship Bottom and Surf City have stopped selling their badges at a discounted rate, both had deadlines of May 31st.  Same holds true for Barnegat Light who also stopped selling badges at the discounted rate. Click on any of the towns to view their current pricing on beach badges.  Most towns won’t start checking for badges for a few more weeks, so there is still a little time.  Be aware of which township you are in and what their pricing  and policy is on beach badges. Have a great summer!            
Memorial Day Weekend has shown us how traffic to the Jersey Shore increases.   Here are some simple tips to take advantage of this time of year when trying to sell your home. Outside curb appeal and first impressions are always very important, especially in the summer.   Keep your lawn, shrubs, flower beds and rock beds tidy and trimmed.  Flowers and flower pots add color and are very welcoming. A clean and refreshed front entrance is crucial to first impressions.  A fresh coat of paint, new or polished hardware and/or kick plate are an inexpensive and worthwhile investment.  Another well-spent investment is power washing walks, decks and siding as needed. Now we can move to the interior of your house.  Try to keep the house as cool and comfortable as possible for potential buyer appointments.   This will allow the prospective buyers to take their time when viewing the home. Clutter and too many personal items can be distracting to homebuyers.  Get a head start on packing by removing some photos, knickknacks and other items not needed.  This allows for a more open and spacious look. Touch-up painting always helps, especially in high traffic areas.  Keeping things neutral can also be a plus.    Refreshing your bathrooms with grout and caulk as needed is also an inexpensive way to add to the appeal of your house. In general these simple, inexpensive tips can make your house the ONE THAT STANDS OUT above the others. Enjoy your summer – Stay cool!!!!!

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