INHABIT | SOMa Newsletter


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I'm a REALTOR with Keller Williams Midtown Direct Realty in Maplewood, NJ and INHABIT SOMa is the newsletter for my Real Estate business. It will also include updates on the market statistics for NYC's Bedroom Communities, such as South Orange, Maplewood, Montclair, Glen Ridge, and Short Hills/Millburn.

All Posts By Carla Labianca

A Bird Nest in a Tree? Yes! In the Attic? Not So Much

For two years, we’ve lived in our Victorian with her sharp angles, steeply pitched roof, and openings so small that only a tiny house sparrow could fly in. In each of those years, we’ve had had to hire an animal management company to remove those birds that set up a nest within the nooks and crannies of ours.

Lucca Fariello, a field supervisor from Got Wildlife?

Torrential Rainstorm, Flooded Basement & Burned Out Sump Pump

The last week of March brought torrential rain to Maplewood, NJ, so much rain in fact, that at one point on Saturday, our one sump pump burned out.

Earlier in the morning, Gary was in basement doing laundry and by mid-afternoon,  a good 2 inches of water flooded the laundry room and the back half of the basement. It happened in a blink of an eye!

Basco Maliqi of Instant Plumbing &

Magnetic Chalkboard Wall

GOAL: Create a large chalkboard wall to display the loads of artwork created by my three kids – all at the same time.

Admittedly, this is gonna be a difficult and somewhat time-consuming project. It will take at least an entire weekend. If you’re like us, you have pile of artwork created by your kids and no place to hang it. Well, actually I have come up with other ways to showcase their works (i.e.

The History of My Home | The Thompson’s 1907 – 1966

GladysThompson's New York Times Obituary Gladys Thompson George Knox Thompson's New York Times Obituary.  He passed away at 139 Maplewood Ave on September 20, 1946. Harold Kenneth Thompson's WWI Draft Card. George Knox, Claira Keith, and Gladys Thompson's grave marker.  It's located in the “old section” of Hilltop Cemetery in Mendham, NJ. Harold Kenneth Thompson's WWI Draft Card. Harold Thompson's grave marker. He fought in World War I. A look inside the Thompson Archive Keith Thompson's picture in Columbia High School Yearbook, The Mirror. 1940. The Thomson Archive Scrapbook. Otherwise known as "Maplewood in Pictures". Gladys Thompson, eldest child of George Knox and Claira Keith Thompson. She was a kindergarten teacher in West Orange, NJ.  George Knox, Claira Keith, and Gladys Thompson's grave marker.  It's located in the “old section” of Hilltop Cemetery in Mendham, NJ.

The history of my home, tells a unique story about a family in love with Maplewood, NJ. 

Do you ever wonder who lived in your home before you? Do you wonder what changes they made and why?  What were their kids like – did they love sliding down the banister just like mine do? It took more then a few hours of research over several months to compile the history of my home and I learned about the Thompson’s,

Tips on Using the Maplewood Memorial Library Digital Archive

If you are interested in the history of your SOMa NJ home and community, Maplewood Memorial Library has many ways in which to aid historical research.

Through generous grants made possible by the Maplewood Open Space Trust Fund for Historic Preservation, and a project grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, the Maplewood Memorial Library Digital Archive has several five information-rich archives from which to research:

  1. Real Estate Sales Records and Photos of Maplewood NJ Homes from the 1920s to the 1980s.