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What Would You Improve in Matawan and Aberdeen in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for the Matawan-Aberdeen area, what would it be?

Jan. 1 marks a new year and a new leaf, with many people making personal resolutions - exercise more, eat less, save money, etc. More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Matawan and Aberdeen to make it an even better place to live?

In 2012, we saw several new business sprout up in town, including LoCicero's, Papa Ganache and Hand and Stone Facial Massage and Spa. We celebrated Aberdeen Day and Matawan Day, and we came together as a community in the aftermath of Sandy. 

What resolutions are on your list for Matawan and Aberdeen? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comment section below or blog about your opinion.

Lou January 02, 2013 at 02:28 AM
I think you may mean Aberdeen's mayor. Matawan's mayor was up front and first to have the town meeting. Aberdeen's mayor followed Matawan with the town meeting idea and sat in a corner at their meeting pushing off the communities questions toward other department heads.
John Gordon January 02, 2013 at 02:40 AM
- No low income housing anywhere near Main Street. The last thing I want to do is pay more in taxes for non-taxpayers' children to attend our public school system. - There have got to be some arrangements that the Mayor and his colleagues can make (maybe a 10 year tax abatement, splitting the cost of a desperately needed Main Street and store front facelift - similar to Main Street in Freehold) with some major business chain or smaller businesses). What efforts have been made to this point? I do not know. I never hear about anything except arguments over changing zoning regulations for certain vacant lots - with no new businesses ultimately taking form there. - I would like my street in Matawan repaved as well, but understand that it will only come at the expense of my increased taxes. I would be willing to wait on that until Main Street is up and running with legitimate profitable businesses that will contribute taxes to the township, making my street repaving affordable in a future township budget. - The train station lots desperately need to be repaved, relined, and beautified. Guests to Matawan feel like they are driving into a demilitarized zone, post bombing. Is this attractive to new businesses and visitors? Absolutely not. - If loitering is still a law on the books in Matawan, the day laborers waiting and adding charm to this demilitarized zone, can be further pushed out of town and therefore out of public view by the Matawan PD.
John Gordon January 02, 2013 at 02:42 AM
- Expand the playground behind Starbucks to make it a more appealing place for families to gather with their children. This will promote socialization among Matawan residents which may lead to a greater sense of town spirit.
Brian Gartley January 02, 2013 at 02:44 AM
Allow small businesses to post sinage.
John Gordon January 02, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Agreed. However, there are currently rubber strips down at those intersections, counting traffic. We may soon get our wish.
anooolka January 02, 2013 at 04:27 AM
Get rid of ridiculous permits! Why can't I have a sign of a company working on my house without a permit? Why can't I put a gazebo in My yard or why can't I change the shed without a permit.if it is me who pays taxes and it is me who pays the mortgage there shouldn't be a need for permits from the town.and if there is obviously the property is not completely mine so if the sewer pipe is broken within such as property fix it at your expense! The garbage disposal in this town has more rules than a cars manual! Make is simpler for people, not everyone has a million dollar home where they can store and segregate garbage so The town finally picks it up. Get rid of jcpl and get pseg here both for electric and for natural gas
NJMommy January 02, 2013 at 06:58 AM
How about ensuring that the Aberdeen / Matawan water supply is safe for us and our families to drink??!! It is very distressing to keep getting pamphlets in the mail saying how our water quality is not up to standard and how it has carcinogens in the water. I haven't gotten a pamphlet in awhile but the last few were not good and there was never any follow up as to if our water problems were fixed. Personally I think the guy in charge over there needs to be fired for his incompetence and negligence. I have been buying bottled water for months and I don't even like washing my dishes with the water out of the tap but I have no choice. Tonight my tap water smelled like Clorox :( I think it's nice to have a pretty town but no will get to enjoy it if they're dead from cancer due to the poor water supply.
NJMommy January 02, 2013 at 07:06 AM
Yes!! That light is dangerous and frustrating. The on-coming traffic never wants to let you go, yet there's always a line of cars behind you nailing the horn for you to make the left turn. I never go to thy light if I have to especially with my kids in the car because it is an accident waiting to happen. By far, one of the worst lights. The other one is a block south.....the very next block next to Walgreen's. You can't make a left out onto Highway 34 from there either without all sorts of stress.....no one wants to let you turn!!!
Ashley Rowe January 02, 2013 at 02:27 PM
I agree with more new businesses on Main Street. I also think the closed 7-11 should be turned into a park with picnic tables, benches or a swing, posisble paddle boats so people can enjoy the beauty and nature of Lake Matawan. Maybe add more fish too. I also think the beautiful, historic buildings on Main Street need to be preserved.
JC January 02, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Mike, I absolutely agree. The train station looks like a war zone and I have heard for years about plans to upgrade the area with no results. In the meantime our property taxes continue to rise, and the area is looking worse and worse. I do feel holding our elected officials accountable for lack of action is long overdue. As for the post office, I too drive miles out of my way to go to one in a different town due to a history of poor service , long wait times, and horrible parking at Matawan. I understand the need for day laborers to seek out work but it is very off-putting to drive by and see them standing outside local businesses. My only other idea is for the Matawan library to become part of the Monmouth County system. I'm not sure if this issue has ever been addressed but I don't understand why as Monm Co residents we can't have access to all the (much nicer) libraries in the county and instead have to work with Middlesex.
JC January 02, 2013 at 03:29 PM
I left a comment about the library too. I was wondering if the issue has ever been addressed as to why they are part of Middlesex consortium of libraries rather than Monmouth? Monmouth has a great system and as we are part of that county , why isn't our library? Would it cost more in taxes?
Pat G. January 02, 2013 at 03:34 PM
I HAVE ALWAYS TOLD THE STORY ABOUT "Glenn Pike' putting a new roof on the travel agent's building (courner of main & little street) They wouldn't let him take down the roof sign for one day-to do the roof. That was 28 years ago and "historical" said it would change the look of Matawan-P.S.He had to go around the sign
Wanda January 02, 2013 at 03:34 PM
These issues are VERY important. They are easy to fix and are NOT personal issues, they hurt the investment we all have in this town. Matawan is a NICE place--why allow it to be mistreated?
Aberdeen Guy January 02, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Agree with many of the comments. Main street needs a face lift and businesses that attract customers. How about a nice new welcome to matawan sign or taking down the old faded out signs that you can't even read. Papa Ganache was a great addition and it's nice to see a store that takes pride in it's appearance. It would be nice to finish the Henry Hudson Trail finally. What's the hold up there? Also agree with tearing down that 7-11 and putting a park there. We have a lake right in the middle of main street with no access to it. It's a complete waste. A little park with some benches would be a big upgrade and would improve the look and feel of the town. Fixing up Burrows mansion and painting it would be nice as well. All of these things would improve the look and feel of main street and the town overall.
Pat G. January 02, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Pretty soon well be the new "Perth Amboy"I'm a licensed contractor & I refuse to pick up a "day Labor" worker-How can I walk into someones house with a worker that not covered by law-Great workers for the money-The old days of a young man wanting to work are long gone-It's still good to be old fashioned.
Liz Kay Beth Anderson January 02, 2013 at 03:49 PM
fixing the road during high tide on ambiy ave/w front st in keyort. spraying more for mosquitos off of Prospect ave in cliffwood beach, the mosquitos are terrible for us who live here by the bay/marsh. yodating the park on Prospect ave in Cliffwood Beach. We pay enough taxes that our town should include recycling & garbage cans like Middlesex county residents for the trucks to pick up & dump into the trucks. Fix Cliffwood ave & Rt 35 so it doesn't flood. Get Laurence Harbor bridge done already.
Liz Kay Beth Anderson January 02, 2013 at 03:51 PM
spelling corrected- Amboy ave and Updating the park
Debbie H January 02, 2013 at 05:57 PM
What he said! You are right on the money Mike with Main St, day laborers, the Matawan PO, and the Parkway entrance! They should have a police man there waiting to give people tickets for doing that or enhance the road...
Paul M January 02, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Finally put a traffic light at Mill St/Route 34. Second ; Finally do something about the laughingstock of Route 35 by County Road so it no longer collects water when it rains. One day News 12 set up there to laugh at us and our little problem.
Charlie Rooney January 02, 2013 at 08:04 PM
@njmommy The other drivers aren't supposed to just let you go. They have the right of way. You are supposed to be patient and not in a rush and drive safely. This includes waiting for your opportunity to turn.
F.L. January 02, 2013 at 08:24 PM
The only way these things will ever become reality is to remove all the useless politicians in both towns. These idiotic people still vote in the same politicians on every election. The changes will never happen until you change the players. Wake up Matawan and Aberdeen.
Lou January 02, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Matawan Lake is beyond polluted. Nothing will survive in that lake.
Mike January 03, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Safe and clean water supply should be the top priority in Matawan and it is shocking that the problem has not yet been resolved. I believe that Matawan has some of the highest cost for water/sewage in the area as well?
NJMommy January 03, 2013 at 02:39 AM
Oh I am the patient one and of course I know that I have to wait my turn. The whole issue is that there is no turn that you'll get if you wait! You could rot there for several rounds without getting an opportunity which is why it needs an arrow - hence the whole point of the initial comment. What is annoying is all the impatient jerks blasting their horns when they can clearly see that the first car in line has no way to make the turn.
Todd January 03, 2013 at 04:24 AM
Repair the road on Little Street and Maiden Lane off Main Street in Matawan! This also applies to Jackson Street. Pothole city. Part of the sadly shabby downtown. I wish I knew what the answer was to revitalizing downtown, but it really needs to happen. Matawan has a lot of potential, especially with the train station.
Susan Bergman January 03, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Lets save the taxpayers money by combining the Matawan and Aberdeen township, the police force , firefighters. Lets build a new library with a tennis court like Old Bridge Library. No permits, tax incentives. for new businesses coming to Main St. Matawan or Aberdeen on 34. Restaurants with outdoor seating area like Freehold by the train station, on Main St. and Hwy 34. The park near Starbuck, Matawan needs dome, new swings, new everything its time. Gas generators put into our gasoline stations. .
Jennifer H January 03, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Did anyone on the patch watch the mayors video? Enough with patting everyone on the back in office it's your job? Barack Obama and Chris Christie don't do this every chance they get. Stop talking about the meetings you are going to have. They need to dig in and do there jobs show us a laid out plan what you are going to do what did they do last year? Again all I heard was zoning meetings and salaries. No solid plan of any of the above issues just that they are looking into it. They have been looking for years FIND it already.
Burt Macklin January 03, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Some of these ideas are good and some, not so much. The primary isues that should be addressed are ones that would improve our property values and our quality of life. Fireworks and new christmas decorations dont really seem all that important. Improving Main Street and the train station I think are the 2 biggest and most worthwhile projects that these towns can do. Having a charming main street and attractive train station would most certainly have an impact on our home values. Property taxes should not be viewed as fees that we are required to pay to live in a town. They should be viewed as investments and we as the investors should see some sort of positive return. Roads shouldnt even be discussed on this discussion board. That is something that should be fixed without anyone asking and its sad that our roads have gotten this bad. I agree that the day laborers hanging out like that isnt all that attractive but at the end of the day, they are just looking for work to support their families and in this economy, I am not going to go out of my way to prevent them from doing so. I also agree with posters who are displeased with the dilapidated state of some of the houses on main street. They may be vacant but someone owns them and they should be forced to keep up their property for the sake of their neighbors. I can't argue with parks either. They add value and beauty and having recreation space like that certainly improves our quality of life.
John January 04, 2013 at 12:29 AM
This is a State and County issue. Contact the County Engineer and let him investigate it. Which approach need the arrow or both approaches on CR 516? Is there enough space for two approach lanes and one receiving lane on the two approaches? It needs to have enough stacking space to handle left turns plus a transition area.
NJMommy January 04, 2013 at 02:37 AM
That would save Aberdeen taxpayers some money but it would raise Matawan's (so I would think) because Aberdeen's are quite higher than Matawan's. I think the taxes I pay in Matawan are ASTRONOMICAL for the value that I get. I live in a house the size of a tool shed, the town looks a rundown dump, AND THE MOST IMPORTANT IS THAT MY WATER HAS CARCINOGENS IN IT AND NO BODY CARES TO FIX IT OR DO ANYTHING BUT SEND ME A PAMPHLET AFTER THE FACT SHOWING CONCERNNG PPMS (parts per million) OF CHEMICALS IN MY FAMILY's WATER SUPPLY. My family lives in Pennsylvania and has a house 3 times the size of mine and pays 1/8 th the taxes that I pay. They need to stop blowing our money on lazy government workers who get free health benefits on my dime and loaf in their jobs 9-5 Mon-Thurs with time off for lunch and Fridays off. I work 12-15 hours a day Mon-Fri and have a Blackberry ringing 7 days a week....and I pay thousands a year for health benefits.....get rid of the loafs and use our money for good and fix the water before we all get cancer for Godsake.

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