Essex County Man Pleads Guilty in $470,000 Condo Complex Fraud Scheme (NJ)

Federal officials said Smith, alongside his conspirators Nathaniel Obedos and Ranaldo Bennett, orchestrated a kickback scheme targeting the condominium complex where Bennett served as the lead property manager, and Smith held the position of superintendent.  The trio manipulated repair and maintenance operations to benefit Obedos’s company, through which they executed their fraudulent activities.    Read the […]

Christmas Eve Fire Reported at Birch Glen Condos in Piscataway (NJ)

New Market fire crews responded to the scene on Forest Drive in the Birch Glen Condominiums at about 12:30 Sunday afternoon where they extinguished a small fire and smoke in a bedroom, according to reports.  The unit’s sprinkler system kept the fire from spreading to other areas, authorities said.  The Birch Glen Condominiums was the scene […]

Pass law to shore up condo stability in in N.J.

New Jersey, with aging condominium developments, faces a challenge in inspections and maintenance. If enacted, state Senate Bill 2760 would address these issues, emphasizing engineering inspections and requiring associations to maintain reserve funds should something go awry.   Read the article…………………………….

Homes Destroyed In 3-Alarm Fire At Aberdeen Condo Complex Thursday (NJ)

Two units were completely destroyed by the fire, and the fire spread to four condos total. Multiple families have been displaced by the fire. The American Red Cross, along with Aberdeen Twp. and Monmouth County OEM, are assisting with finding temporary housing for the victims.    Read the article………………………………..

Emotional support dog banned from N.J. condo fetches Supreme Court review

Let’s just get this on the record: Who’s a good dog? The court recognizes Luna is a good dog.  The 70-pound shelter pup probably doesn’t even know she’s at the center of a fight that has climbed from a local condominium association to New Jersey’s highest court in a case that could remake the rules […]

Two Jersey City Men Charged in Scheme to Defraud Owner of Condo Complex (NJ)

According to U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger, the men, Ranaldo Bennett, 40, and Nathaniel Obedos, 56, conspired with Jonathan Smith, 56, of Montclair, to inflate charges for repairs and maintenance at the complex and pay the excess money to Bennett and Smith as kickbacks.   Read the article………………………..

Afternoon Fire Tears through Piscataway Condominium Units (NJ)

Piscataway fire crews responded to the township’s Society Hill neighborhood on Friday where a fire broke out in a three-story condominium building on Canterbury Court just after 5:30 p.m.  The fire caused significant damage to at least three units facing the rear of the building on the first, second, and third floors.    Read the article………………………..

The Overlook housing subdivision progresses despite flooding problems (NJ)

The timing is right to build new housing, but the timing was all wrong for paving roads in The Overlook housing subdivision on the west side of Cherry Valley Road.  Developer Steve Layman said road paving in the hillside subdivision just prior to heavy rains before the Fourth of July holiday, and before completion of […]

3 Egg Harbor condos heavily damaged in fire, as 2 dogs are rescued (NJ)

Officials said a driver passing by saw the flames, stopped his vehicle and began knocking on doors, to make sure people were evacuated.  Two dogs were rescued from one of the burning condos by a firefighter and a police officer. The dogs appeared to be unharmed, despite the fire.   Read the article………………………..

Report: Too late to repair Ocean City condo complex (NJ)

A scathing report prepared by Charles Endicott of Endicott Engineering LLC, presented to the city construction office April 17 and released by city officials, states the structure is no longer fit for use and must be demolished.  The report outlines decades’ worth of concerns about the building and says little of the needed work beyond […]

Ocean City Condo Complex Declared Unsafe, Shut Down (NJ)

An Ocean City condominium complex has been shut down after it was declared structurally unsafe by a state agency.  City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson reported to City Council on Thursday night that the Seaspray condos at 34th Street and Bay Avenue have been “red-tagged” by order of the state Department of Community Affairs and remain closed.  […]

Woman stole $175K from N.J. senior community, prosecutors allege

Alicia K. Campbell, 35, of Mays Landing, faces charges of theft, financial facilitation, forgery, falsifying records and credit card fraud, as a result of an investigation into her alleged activities while serving as the Lifestyle Director of Greenbriar Oceanaire Community & Golf Course in Waretown, officials said   Read the article………………………..

Fire displaces 84 people at condo complex in Edison (NJ)

A fire has displaced dozens of people at a condominium complex in Edison Township.  Officials say that the fire started on a second-floor balcony and then spread to adjacent buildings.   Read the article………………………..

Fountainview flooding victims face a long road back to normal (NJ)

The first sign of trouble, resident Robin Huss said, came when she heard a loud thump, and Building 3000 of the Village of Fountainview condominium complex shook.  Huss saw water trickling in through a heater vent in her fourth-floor unit, and soon the condo was inundated with water.    Read the article………………………..

Hunterdon Creekside Residents Baffled by Release of Performance Guarantees Without Repairs Being Made (NJ)

Baffled. Boggled. Disturbed. Offended. Sad.  These words and similar were used by residents of Hunterdon Creekside to express their sentiments at the Raritan Township Committee meeting Feb. 21 over the recommendation by the township’s engineer to release cash and surety performance guarantees for developer Pulte Homes.    Read the article………………………..

Worker pulled from collapsed balcony at Sea Isle City condo building (NJ)

A man who was pinned under a collapsed balcony at a condo building was pulled from the wreckage late Friday.  A recovery mission was underway for three workers after the 8th-floor balcony collapsed at the Spinnaker condo complex off of 36th Street and the Boardwalk.   Read the article………………………..

Deer In Senior Communities A Nuisance (NJ)

Residents of the senior communities move there for the quiet and serenity. That’s what deer like about it, too. And they were there first.   Read the article………………………..

Burlington Insurance Co. Denies Coverage for $5 Million Condo Water Damage (NJ)

This is the case of Rialto-Capitol Condominium Association Inc. v. The Burlington Insurance Co. et al., in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.  The Burlington Insurance Co. (TBIC) is fighting back against a $5 million lawsuit filed by the Rialto-Capitol Condominium Association, arguing that they should not be held responsible for […]

Man, 77, dies in fire at East Brunswick condo community (NJ)

Around 4:50 a.m. Tuesday police responded to a home on Lear Court in the Crosspointe development on a report of a structure fire, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and East Brunswick Police Chief Frank LoSacco.   Read the article………………………..

Scrooges Call Security On Holiday Carollers Inside Manchester Senior Village (NJ)

A group of forty-plus holiday carollers took to the streets and blasted out songs of joy and holiday cheer, but it was short-lived Wednesday night. The event was pre-planned and advertised to members of the 55-plus community ahead of time through their homeowner’s association email accounts.   Read the article………………………..

No injuries reported in Hillsborough condo fire (NJ)

The fire was reported at approximately 12:48 a.m. on Nov. 11. Upon arrival, police discovered the exterior of the dwelling was engulfed in flames. Police personnel evacuated all nearby residents within the condo building.   Read the article………………………..